Frequently Asked Questions

Household Hazardous WasteHousehold Hazardous WasteFrequently Asked Questions – Logan Landfill
Frequently Asked Questions – Bozeman Convenience Site
Frequently Asked Questions – Diversion


                                                                         

FAQ – Logan Landfill

  1. What time do I have to be in the landfill by?
    You must be in by closing time (be aware of Summer vs Winter hours), but if you are not out by closing time there are late fees of $25 for every 10 minutes you are in the landfill past closing.
  2. Why do I have to pay to dump, if I am a resident of the county?
    The Gallatin Solid Waste Management District is an enterprise fund and does not receive tax dollars. All programs are funded by landfill tipping fees.
  3. Can I use a credit card that is not mine (i.e. boss, company, family member) to pay for disposal?
    Yes, you will need to have the information with you so you can manually enter it when you are at the scale to pay.
  4. When does the landfill close due to weather?
    See our weather station data for information about Logan Landfill. You can also call 406-284-4029 to confirm that we are open.
  5. What is Class 4?
    Class 4 is construction material.
  6. Why does it cost more to get rid of Class 4 and concrete?
    Larger items that don’t break down or biodegrade take up more room in the landfill and are harder on the equipment.
  7. Why are tires more expensive to get rid of?
    Tires do not compact well or degrade, and occupy a lot of air space.
  8. How do I dispose of Household Hazardous material?
    Hazardous items can be taken to the free HHW event held at Bozeman Convenience Site the second Saturday of every month.  (Events will be canceled if the weather is forecast to be 0 degrees or below)  If you cannot make the free drop off event,  you can call Ray Harrison, our HHW Specialist, at 406-539-1161 or the Bozeman Convenience site at 406-587-7890 to set up a time during the week to drop off items.
  9. What is the policy for getting rid of a refrigerator, freezer or A/C unit?  Refrigerators/freezers/water coolers/air conditioning units must be free of all food and the doors need to be removed.  Cost per item is $32 to dispose ($30 for Freon removal/certification and $2 for appliance disposal fee).
  10. How do I dispose of paint?
    Oil-based paint needs to go to the hazardous waste facility at  Bozeman Convenience Site.  You may attend an HHW event  (the second Saturday of each month unless the weather is forecast to be 0 degrees or below) or you may call BCS 406-587-7890 to schedule a time to drop it off during regular business hours.  Latex paint is not hazardous.  Dry the paint or solidify it with cat litter, sawdust, floor dry, sand, etc. to make a thick, non-pourable paste.   It can be disposed  with your regular trash.
  11. Do you accept electronic waste?
    Yes, it is part of your regular load ($27/ton) or subject to the $5 minimum if that is all you have. The scale house attendants will direct you to the drop-off location.
  12. Why do you charge to accept yard/green waste?
    It takes labor, equipment, and fuel to create compost from yard/green waste.
  13. Is your compost for sale?
    No, it is used for reclamation and erosion control at Logan Landfill.

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FAQ – Bozeman Convenience Site

  1. Why do I have to pay to dump if I am a resident of the county?
    The Gallatin Solid Waste Management District is an enterprise fund and does not receive tax dollars. All programs are funded by landfill tipping fees.
  2. Can I use a credit card that is not mine (i.e. boss, company, family member) to pay for disposal?
    Yes, you will need to have the information with you so you can manually enter it when you are at the scale to pay.
  3. Why are the rates higher at BCS?
    Everything dropped off at BCS must be hauled to Logan Landfill, which significantly increases  costs.
  4. When does the BCS close due to weather?
    BCS does not close for inclement weather as much as Logan Landfill. If you want to confirm that the site is open, please call 406-587-7890
  5. What is the policy for getting rid of a refrigerator, freezer or A/C unit? Refrigerators/freezers/water coolers/air conditioning units are NOT accepted at BCS  unless you can provide documentation that all refrigerants have been properly evacuated. They may be taken to Logan Landfill, Four Corners Recycling, or Pacific Steel & Recycling to be evacuated and recycled for a fee.
  6. How do I dispose of paint?
  7. Oil-based paint needs to be taken to the hazardous waste facility at  Bozeman Convenience Site.  You may attend an HHW event  (the second Saturday of each month unless the weather is forecast to be 0 degrees or below) or you may call BCS 406-587-7890 to schedule a time to drop it off during regular business hours.  Latex paint is not hazardous.  Dry the paint or solidify it with cat litter, sawdust, floor dry, sand, etc. to make a thick, non-pourable paste.   It can be disposed  with your regular trash.
  8. How do I dispose of Household Hazardous material?
  9. Hazardous items can be taken to the free HHW event held at Bozeman Convenience Site the second Saturday of every month.  (Events will be canceled if the weather is forecast to be 0 degrees or below)  If you cannot make the free drop off event,  you can call Ray Harrison, our HHW Specialist, at 406-539-1161 or the Bozeman Convenience site at 406-587-7890 to set up a time during the week to drop off items.
  10. Why are tires more expensive to get rid of?
    Tires do not compact well or degrade, and occupy a lot of air space.
  11. Do you accept electronic waste?
    We do not accept e-waste at the BCS. The electronic waste building is located at Logan Landfill.  Electronic waste is $27/ton with a $5 minimum.
  12. What do you do with compost at the Bozeman Convenience Site?
    Compost operations at BCS are managed by the City of Bozeman. Please contact them for more information (406-582-3200).

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FAQ – Diversion

  1. I heard that recycling just goes to the landfill. Does it?
    No. We contract with Four Corners Recycling to collect the items in the recycling bins, process them, and sell them to the market.  Occasionally , there is too much contamination in a bin and items will be taken to the landfill.  Please read the bin labels and place only the listed items in each bin – to reduce costs and avoid having recyclable items thrown away.
  2. What happens to the e-waste you collect?
    We send it to a company called 406 Recycling in Helena, Montana.
  3. Why don’t you collect glass for recycling?
    Glass is very heavy and prohibitively expensive to ship to the nearest recycler in Utah. Silica, the main ingredient in glass, is one of the most abundant materials on Earth which makes it cheaper to simply make new glass.
  4. Why do I have to pay to drop off my clean wood waste?
    GSWMD rents a high capacity grinder to mix the wood waste into the compost. Rental costs, fuel, and labor are covered by disposal fees.
  5. Are you making money with the recyclables I give you for free? Why don’t you pay us for them?
    We receive a small return on the commodities sold for recycling, but the costs for hauling and processing far outweigh the return.
  6. Why don’t you accept plastics #3 through #7 for recycling?
    The market for plastics marked with a #3,4,5,6, or #7 is nonexistent. Even if we wanted to send them off for recycling, there is no company interested in taking them. Rather than paying to ship these materials hundreds of miles to a sorting facility that will only send them to another landfill, we feel it is more responsible environmentally and economically to dispose of them locally.
  7. You said I can’t recycle a plastic container, even though it says #1 on it. Why not?
    Not all plastic items with a #1 or #2 on them are recyclable in our area.  Currently, recyclers are only accepting #1 and #2 bottles and jugs.  Clamshell containers (think of berry containers or pre-mixed salad containers) contain different resins and can affect the integrity of recycled plastic if mixed with the bottles and jugs.  They also cause issues at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) by jamming the machines and contaminating loads which could jeopardize the entire load.

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