Recycler of the Year

The 2021 Recycle Montana Recycler of the Year Award has been presented to Yellowstone River Research Center, Rocky Mountain College. Pictured below, L-R are:
Professor Megan Poulette
Addy Valdez
Kolbi Fox, Sec. Recycle Montana
Lauren Ryter
Kendall Ard
Crystallaina White
Professor Kahyan Ostovar holding the Golden Bale ROY award
Hunter Jacson
Candi Zion, E.D. Recycle Montana
Ty Reynolds
Larissa Saarel

Professor Luke Ward taking picture

The non-profit statewide organization, Recycle Montana, Inc., awarded their annual 2020 Recycler of the Year Award to Lincoln County Solid Waste Recycling (picture not shown).  Lincoln County is committed to the 5 Rs.

They encourage Northern tier Montanans to take the time to help maintain a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations by undertaking a few simple practices that will enhance the environment, minimize the waste stream, decrease waste management costs and prolong the life of the county landfills.  Recycling in Lincoln County continues to grow as the county continually strives to make the process easier. Self-serve recycling trailers are available throughout the county.  The Lincoln County Landfills in Libby, Troy and Eureka offer expanded recycling options.

  • Used appliances
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood products
  • Concrete
  • Yard Waste
  • Batteries (auto, lead acid, or rechargeable) and cell phones
  • Tires
  • **Anti-freeze
  • **Motor oil
    **Troy landfill does not accept these products

In 2019, the Recycler of the Year award, The “Golden Bale,” a crushed and cubed composite of aluminum cans painted in gold, was awarded to Helena Recycling, LLC.  John Hilton picture receiving the award from Recycle Montana board member, Elaine Taylor.

Helena Recycling, LLC is a small, locally-owned Helena business that started in 2009 offering curbside recycling pick-up for residents and businesses.  During the business startup, owner and Helena native, John Hilton worked full-time during the week managing a bank and picked up recycling on the weekends.

His dedication, hard work and perseverance paid off.  As the business continued to expand and grow, he was able to leave the bank in 2011 to devote his full attention to the curbside recycling business.  For the next three years he drove the truck and picked up the recycling himself. In 2013, he was able to hire his first employee to assist with the curbside pickups.

John’s business continued to expand, and in 2017, he purchased land and built a recycling center to store, bale and ship the recyclable materials.  A couple of years later, Helena Recycling, LLC worked with the City of Helena to create a program that would be partly subsidized by the City for curbside recycling services for city residents.  Helena Recycling has now grown to five full time employees.

The business is successful due to John’s hard work and the opportunity he provides for the citizens of Helena to recycle.  Although recycling services are easy and mandatory in many large communities, Helena presents a unique challenge given its relatively small population and remote location to external recycling commodity markets.  Helena Recycling has worked hard to make recycling and curbside pick-up services work for the benefit of the Helena community and the environment.

Some other exciting news for Helena Recycling is the start up of Eco Safe Shredding & Recycling, a mobile document shredding company that services the Helena area.

Recycle Montana offers the where, what and why to recycle for the state of Montana including recycling resources, recycling education, support and networking opportunities.  Additionally, Recycle Montana provides a user friendly statewide recycling location list that links to local recycling opportunities. This information and more can be found at

Recycle Montana recently awarded our 2018 Recycler of the Year award at their recycling informational event held at the Montana State Capitol in Helena on January 10, 2019.  The “Golden Bale,” a crushed and cubed composite of aluminum cans painted in gold was awarded to Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions.

Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions started on Earth Day 2006.  Brandon Fox, an avid recycler, wanted something to do with the excess computer parts he had lying around from fixing old machines.  His vision was to have a place to recycle E-Waste in Montana, quitting his full time paying job, he started Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions.    Brandon and Kolbi credit their success to working hard and receiving amazing support from Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, their solid waste peers and to their customers.  The couple remains very close to their business, answering phones, completing E-Waste pickups and working collection events.   Now, 13 years later they are still growing and expanding their territory, with 10 employees, several different departments and two years ago they opened a retail store.

Although they are located in Billings with two drop off sites, they provide pickup services to several types of businesses and travel across Montana and Northern Wyoming to take care of customers. Yellowstone E-Waste also provides community collection events across the state along with supporting interested cities in establishing year-round drop off sites.   All their efforts help our environment by keeping E-Waste out of our landfills.

The 2017 Recycler of the Year was Recycle Our Waste Lewistown (ROWL), picture to the left, and the 2016 Recycler of the Year, Fort Benton Recycles.