What do I do with…?
What’s with plastic? Plastic is an ingrained part of our everyday lives. Much of the plastic that is created has limited recycling options and low post-use financial value creating a variety of harmful consequences.
Why is plastic waste a problem? Plastic degrades into smaller and smaller pieces and is now part of the food chain through microplastic pollution. We don’t have adequate or sustainable systems to responsibly deal with the volume of plastic waste being created. It’s piling up in oceans, wildlife habitats, world cities urban and rural, and in our landfills. Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose, and also contains many toxic chemicals.
Buy in bulk using reusable containers, such as glass, metal, cloth or safe reusable plastic; All of these locations have a bulk fill section:
Choose to purchase products that do not have plastic packaging or when possible avoid excessive packaging
Choose to purchase plastic free products or products with less plastic such as a bamboo toothbrush or a tooth brush with replacement heads
Choose products containing plastic which is easily recycled in our area: Clear #1 PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) or translucent #2 HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
Check out our Working Toward Plastic Free in Montana Facebook page for more tips!
Plastic Containers with 2”-wide or wider lids can be taken to the Good Food Store for reuse (note: sometimes they pause collection when they have a surplus, but start accepting again when they have used up their collection)
Clean and functioning items containing plastic such as clothing (which often contains synthetic fibers), toys, electronics, kitchen and other home items can often be donated to thrift stores; Check to make sure these place accept the items you wish to donate:
There are limited plastic recycling options in this area. Make as many choices as you can to limit your purchase of plastics which can’t be recycled. Here is what is available:
Plastics #1 & #2
Plastics #1 - #7
Republic Services also accept plastics #1 - #7 in their all-in-one curbside service
(Always call to check their current policies)
Precious Plastic Missoula is more than just recycling, it is reusing. This group is working on ways to collect discarded plastic, shred it into small pieces and remold it.
Currently Precious Plastic Missoula is taking some plastic from the residents of the university area until they get the manufacturing process in place.
Call (406) 371-3693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Plastic Shopping Bags
1003 East Broadway St
2205 Oxford S
2230 North Reserve St
3800 Russell St
2901 Brooks Street, Unit M-1
Good Food Store
1600 S 3rd St W
Pattee Creek Market
704 SW Higgins Ave
232 N Higgins Ave
1444 W Broadway St
Teen Challenge Thrift Store
2036 Mullan Rd
YWCA Secret Seconds
920 Kensington Ave
1136 W Broadway St
Underground Thrift Store
705 S Higgins Ave
2501 S Reserve St
200 S California St
1804 North Ave W Suite D
Pierce Flooring & Cabinet Design Center
3207 West Broadway St
530 S 5th Street E
2420 N Reserve St