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HHW & Ewaste Disposal Information
Gallatin Local Water Quality District
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Where:
Bozeman Convenience Site   (Old City of Bozeman Landfill)
2143 Story Mill Road
When:
2nd Saturday each month.  9:00 am to Noon.
Household Residents:  No appointment needed.
Commercial:  Pre-approval appointment required.  Call 539-1161 to schedule.  
Fees:
Household Residents = Free.
Commercial = There is a charge.  Call 539-1161 for the fee schedule.
Who:
Ray Harrison
Household Hazardous Waste Specialist
406-539-1161
Special Instructions:
If you have questions about what waste materials are acceptable and how to transport them, call the Bozeman Convenience Site 539-1161. The Logan Landfill also accepts waste motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, propane tanks, and bear spray canisters for proper disposal, and participates in the pesticide container recycling program.



ANNUAL FREE LATEX PAINT SWAP

Where:
Gallatin County Fairgrounds parking lot, Bozeman Street Entrance.
When:
Last Saturday in June,  9:00 am to 4:00 pm (see special instructions)
Fees:
Free.
Contact:
Coordinator, Jenny Martin 586-7671.
Special Instructions:
Donate usable paint from 9:00 am to Noon only.
Pick-up free paint from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or until it is gone.


ELECTRONIC WASTE (E-WASTE)

Where:
Logan Landfill
When:
Monday - Saturday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.  No appointment necessary.
Fees:
Household = $27/ton, Minimum of $5.00
Commercial = $48/ton, Minimum of $5.00
Contact:
Logan Landfill
406-284-4029
Special Instructions:
The e-waste should be separated from the rest of the load and will be disposed of separately.  Please tell the Scale House Operator when you arrive that you have e-waste to drop-off for recycling.  

When recycling e-waste, protect your privacy
Before recycling your computer, consider erasing the hard drive to protect your privacy and security.  Simply deleting files from your "recycling bin" does not permanently remove them from the hard drive, and with some work, they can be reconstructed and accessed again.  Free software known as "erasers" or "disk sanitizers"  are available online to systematically write 1's and 0's over all of your data on the hard drive, this will render any personal data on the drive unreadable.  Visit MT Department of Environmental Quality for free software that wipes your hard drive clean.

Other Disposal Options
Dell and Staples Launch FREE E-Recyling for Dell Customers Consumers may now recycle their Dell brand computers, monitors, mice and more at any Staples branch for free.  

Staples in Bozeman will accept any brand computer monitors, CPUs, printers and fax machines for fee.  Keyboards, mice and speakers are accepted for free.  Staples

Office Depot in Bozeman sells shipping boxes at various prices which you take home and fill with your e-waste.  Then, bring the box back to Office Depot and they will ship your e-waste to a recycler.

Residents are reminded that even though our community e-waste collection events have been held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the past, these events were scheduled for one-time drop-off only on specified days and residents should not drop-off e-waste at the Fairgrounds now or in the future as this facility does not have the capability to handle these products.    

Background
Today's society has become increasingly dependent upon consumer electronic products.  We talk on our cell phones, surf the internet and send email on our computers,  print and fax photos and documents, listen to music on our ipods and MP3 players, and watch television.  These products provide entertainment and convenience in our daily activities--both personal and professional.  But,  when these products become outdated, unwanted, or broken they are considered e-waste (electronic waste) and disposal is not so convenient.  

E-waste contains hazardous materials such as cadmium, mercury, hexavalent Chromium, brominated flame retardants and lead.  One computer monitor can contain up to 8 pounds of lead.  Montana has no regulations banning e-waste from landfills.  However, this does not mean it is a safe or preferred disposal option.  In fact, consumer electronics may be responsible for 40% of the lead found in landfills.

Education Brochure


Recycling Information and Options

Manufacturer Take-Back Recycling Programs

Data Security
Freeware that wipes hard drives clean (MT DEQ)


If you have any further questions, please contact the Gallatin Local Water Quality District at 582-3168 or email us.


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