Motor Vehicle Recycling and Disposal Program

Mercury in Your Environment


Junk Vehicles

Montana was one of the leading states to enact junk vehicle legislation. Its primary purpose is to control junk vehicles from being scattered throughout the countryside, thereby helping to preserve the beauty of our state. This program also provides for the recycling of the junk vehicles collected so that this valuable resource may be utilized again. This program is paid for from the small fee you are assessed when you license your vehicle. The benefits of this program are available to all Montanans and you are encouraged to use them.

Click here (pending) for a presentation of hazardous waste and used oil management requirements in Montana.

junk vehicles

NEW:  The Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) has amended ARM 17.50.213 and 17.50.216 pertaining to motor vehicle recycling and disposal.

  • ARM 17.50.216 has been adopted exactly as proposed.
  • ARM 17.50.213 has been amended to increase the $100 reimbursement rate for tow truck operators removing abandoned vehicles from the proposed $115 to $125 per vehicle removed in response to public comments. 

To see the proposed rule notice, go to DEQ's Rule Notice webpage at:  or contact DEQ's Solid Waste Program at (406) 444-5300.