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, but we need to have a Credit Card Authorization form completed and returned to us before we can accept that form of payment. Form can be found on our website here.
  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 our construction-only site (follow black arrows). Non-construction materials must be brought to the commercial cell (red arrows).
  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?
    Depending on what it is, either it can be taken to the free HHW event held at BCS the second Saturday of every month or you will need to speak to Ray Harrison, our HHW Specialist (406-539-1161)
  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 and $2 for appliance disposal fee).
  10. How do I dispose of paint?
    Oil-based paint needs to go to HHW event, Latex needs to be dried out/solidified with cat litter, sawdust, floor dry, sand, etc. and then it can be disposed of with your regular garbage.
  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, but we need to have a Credit Card Authorization form completed and returned to us before we can accept that form of payment. Form can be found on our website here.
  3. Why are the rates higher at BCS?
    Everything dropped off at the BCS must be hauled to the Logan Landfill, which significantly increases our costs. Bozeman Convenience Site currently operates at a loss.
  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 brought 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?
    Oil-based paint needs to go to a Household Hazardous Waste event. Latex paint needs to be dried out/solidified with cat litter, sawdust, floor dry, sand, etc. and then it can be disposed of with your regular garbage.
  7. How do I dispose of Household Hazardous material?
    Depending on what it is, either it can be taken to the free HHW event held at BCS the second Saturday of every month or you will need to speak to Ray Harrison, our HHW Supervisor (406-539-1161)
  8. Why are tires more expensive to get rid of?
    Tires do not compact well or degrade, and occupy a lot of air space.
  9. Do you accept electronic waste?
    We do not accept e-waste at the BCS. It can be recycled at Logan Landfill for a small fee, or you may bring it to a private business that accepts e-waste. E-waste is not considered hazardous and may also be disposed of with regular trash.
  10. 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, it does not. We contract Four Corners Recycling to collect our recyclables, process them, and sell them to the market. Because non-recyclable items are often placed in our bins, you may see an occasional recycling truck unload garbage at the landfill. Please read the bin labels and place only the listed items in each bin – this will reduce our costs and avoid unnecessary labor. We appreciate your effort, but good intentions cannot be recycled.
  2. What happens to the e-waste you collect?
    We send it to a company called ECS Refining in California.
  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 sometimes receive a small return on the commodities sold for recycling, but our costs (hauling and processing) always outweigh the returns we see.
  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?
    Clamshell containers (think of berry containers or pre-mixed salad containers) flatten and end up being sorted with cardboard at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF), contaminating and jeopardizing the entire load of recyclables.

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