With warmer weather around the corner, the City of Helena is reminding residents of services and facilities as they begin spring cleaning and yard cleanup.
The following types of recyclable and compostable materials are accepted at the Helena Transfer Station:
- Scrap metal, including refrigerators
- Tree and bush branches
- Grass clippings and leaves
- Automotive batteries
- Used oil
- E-waste, such as computers, printers, and other electronics
- #1 and #2 plastics
- Magazines, office paper, newspaper
- Corrugated cardboard
- Paint at semi-annual paint collection days
Additionally, there are recycling containers located at Safeway, Grubstake, Mini Basket, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, Boeing and Dale Harris Park. These facilities accept aluminum, steel cans, magazines, office paper, newspaper and corrugated cardboard.
City of Helena and Scratch Gravel Waste District homeowners are eligible to use the Transfer Station recycling facilities with their respective permits. Each permit is allowed up to 3,000 pounds of waste per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). If declared, materials for recycling are not counted towards this weight total.
Renters living in a 1–4-unit residence are eligible for a free renters recycling permit. These permits can be obtained at the administration office at the Transfer Station at 1975 N. Benton Ave.
There are several common mistakes people make when recycling that can result in entire loads being contaminated and going to the landfill.
The City of Helena is currently working on a strategic plan to reduce landfill waste 50% by 2040. Efforts to educate residents now will help us on our way to reaching this goal.