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Recycling Statistics

Montanans recycle about 19 percent of the waste generated here and the business of recycling brings jobs and money into the state. Recycling businesses and brokers in Montana participate in a voluntary recycling survey every year which is allowing DEQ to track progress toward the 22 percent state recycling target. The recycling target is set in the Montana Integrated Waste Management Plan. The plan recommends strategies to increase recycling in communities and across the state.

Reaching this target will depend on each Montanan fully participating in the recycling programs available in their communities. Follow our progress toward this goal by reading the annual survey reports below.

Recycling is Good Business for Montana
This report describes the economic and ecological impacts of recycling in Montana.

Recycling is a challenge in Montana. The state's comparatively low population is scattered over a large geographic area. Compounding the issue is the distance to processors (industry) that use the recyclables as raw materials in their operations. The DEQ staff continues to work with industry and businesses to develop markets within Montana that can sustain and expand recycling programs across the state.