Recycling bins find new home

A volunteer oversees (and undersees) the loading of the recycling bins that have stood for years on South Railroad Street next to the Fairgrounds to transport them to their new home 1300 Old Hwy 91 North, next to West Electric. M.P. Regan photo


The big beige bins that a number of Dillon residents visit regularly to drop off paper, cans, plastic and other recyclables are getting moved and dropped off themselves at a new location this week.

The bins will today finish their migration from the narrow patch of land on the east side of South Railroad Street across from the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds where they have stood for seven years to their new home at 1300 Old Hwy 91 N, next to West Electric.

“Mike West has handled cardboard recycling at that location for years,” said Beaverhead County Commissioner Garth Haugland.

“It’s not profitable for Mike, but he requested the other bins be moved there. He’s community minded and just thought it would be helpful for people to have one location to drop off recycling materials,” said Haugland, who for years has served as the unofficial point man for county recycling efforts.

“And it will free up some parking space by the Fairgrounds, which is another good thing because that has been a problem during Labor Day Weekend.”

The Hwy 91 N recycling drop-off center can now accept mixed paper; metal cans, and plastic containers and lids #1–7, in addition to the corrugated cardboard people have been able to drop off there for years.

“We lose money on the recycling,” said West Electric owner Mike West. “But we thought the bins needed to be moved, so that’s why we’re doing it.”

The bins transfer marks the latest adjustment in efforts by the county and Beaverhead Recycling, the local group consisting of a few people from the community and university that spearheads area recycling efforts.

“We’re a small group with big players,” laughed Beaverhead Recycling President Leaf Magnuson, whose organization late last year had to cope with the county’s suspension of glass recycling due to a crash in the recycled glass market and the suspension and then restart of recycling for plastic lids and containers #1–7 due to the closure of the Butte location the plastic material was ultimately shipped to.

Haugland believes all the effort is well worth it, as both a tip of the hat to area tradition and to the county’s future.


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