GREAT FALLS -
Montana is known for its beautiful scenery and natural landscapes, which can be protected through environmental programs like recycling. But some might be surprised to know that residential properties, including apartment buildings, are not required to recycle.
There are currently thirteen recycling locations in Great Falls, and they collect everything from batteries and glass to cardboard and plastic.
However, these services are rarely utilized by residents unless they are working on a big project with lots of waste. Roger Bridgeford from Montana Waste Systems says that they are servicing zero apartment buildings in the city for recycling, in most cases because landlords cannot count on residents to recycle properly.
Bridgeford says the reason recycling is not required is due to cost. As a land-locked state it costs Montana exponentially more to recycle, and lawmakers must weigh the costs and benefits.