Resource Recovery

Resource recovery is always a component of recycling. However, not all recycling is resource recovery. The processing of recyclables to either (a) extract or recover materials/resources, or (b) convert to energy, is considered resource recovery. These activities are performed at a resource recovery facility.

ARM 17.50.403(40) defines Resource Recovery as follows:

  • 'Resource recovery' means the recovery of material or energy from solid waste.

Further, resource recover facility and resource recovery system are further defined as follows:

  • ARM 17.50.403(41) 'Resource recovery facility' means a facility at which solid waste is processed for the purpose of extracting, converting to energy, or otherwise separating and preparing solid waste for reuse; and,
  • ARM 17.50.403(42) 'Resource recover system' means a solid waste management system which provides for the collection, separation, recycling, or recover of solid wastes, including disposal of nonrecoverable waste residues.

Click on a link below to open the application form. The form may then be completed online, printed, and mailed with all required attachments to the address below.

Mailing Address:

Permitting & Compliance Division
Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
Solid waste Program
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901


Facility Class Application Review Fee Annual License Fee Annual Disposal Fee/Ton License Transfer Fee
Major Class II facility $12,000 $4,200 $0.40 $600
Intermediate Class II facility $9,000 $3,600 $0.40 $480
Minor Class II facility $6,000 $3,000 $0.40 $360
Major Class III facility $3,600 $1,200 $0.40 $240
Minor Class III facility $2,400 $600 $0.40 $180
Major Class IV facility $3,600 $1,200 $0.40 $240
Minor Class IV facility $2,400 $600 $0.40 $180
Major incinerator $12,000 $4,200 $0.40 $600
Intermediate incinerator $9,000 $3,600 $0.40 $480
Minor incinerator $600 $3,000 $0.40 $360