Recently, Recycle Montana, the statewide, nonprofit organization committed to the recycling education of Montana citizens and businesses, awarded their second annual Recycler of the Year Award.
We are proud to recognize the grassroots effort of recycling organizations in Montana and what they do to keep recyclables out of the landfill. This year, we selected Recycle Our Waste Lewistown, known as ROWL.
ROWL has been recycling plastic from Lewistown and surrounding communities beginning as a monthly drive in September of 2012. Volunteers started with a flatbed trailer and Harmony baler, and initially accepted plastics numbers 1-7. By 2015, ROWL had outgrown the monthly drive concept and started a 24/7 drop-off program.
Then the plastics market price dropped, the local recipient of the plastic, Pacific Steel, closed, and China entered into their National Sword crackdown on unclean plastic from the U.S. ROWL stepped up education efforts to retrain people about acceptable plastic and focused on the collection of numbers 1 and 2 plastics. ROWL recycles 2,500 pounds monthly, transporting plastic bales to Republic Services in Billings.
For more information on how and what to recycle, you can contact Recycle Montana at recyclemontana.org.