Lake County, Montana

Solid Waste
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Lake County Transfer Station & Recycling Center
Located at 36117 North Reservoir Rd (North of Pablo)
Open seven days a week 7am - 5pm  (closed holidays)

To use less material. We can all do our part to reduce the amount of waste that we produce, here are some ideas to get you started:

Bring reusable bags and containers when shopping, traveling, or packing lunches or leftovers.

Choose products that are returnable, reusable, or refillable over single-use items

Avoid individually wrapped items, snack packs, and single-serve containers. Buy large containers of items or from bulk bins whenever practical. (Be aware of double-packaging, some "bulk packages" are just individually wrapped items packaged yet again and sold as a bulk item)

Drink tap water instead of bottled, or refill your bottles.

Purchase items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrate forms.

Compost food scraps and yard waste. Many types of food scraps, along with leaves and yard trimmings, can be combined in your backyard compost bin. See the Resource tab for more information on composting.

Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive. The average resident in America receives over 30 pounds of junk mail per year. Get bills sent electronically and pay online

Shop at second-hand stores. You can find great used and unused clothes at low cost to you and the environment. Buy quality clothing that won't wear out and can be handed down, whether to other people you know or on to a thrift store.

Buy items made of recycled content, and use and reuse them as much as you can. For instance, use both sides of every page of a notebook before moving on to the next clean notebook. Use unneeded, printed on printer paper for a scratch pad.

Also, remember that buying in bulk rather than individual packages will save you lots of money and reduce waste! Packaging makes up 30% of the weight and 50% of trash by volume. Buy juice, snacks, and other lunch items in bulk and use those reusable containers each day.
To use an item again in its existing form, reuse as much as possible before you recycle or throw away.

• Use items more than once
• Find new uses for items you no longer want
• Use a travel coffee mug instead of paper or styrofoam
• Print on both sides of paper or use it for scratch paper
• Donate used clothing and other household items

Reuse at the Food Pantry:
Polson Loaves & Fish Pantry
(406) 883-6864
Open Tue & Fri 10 – 2; Sat 9 – 12
10 8th Avenue East Polson, MT 59860
Ronan Bread Basket
(406) 676-4357
Open Tue & Fri 10 - 2
10 6th Ave SW Ronan, MT 59864
Clean plastic tubs & small plastic bottles
Clean jars with lids - 1 quart limit
Plastic & paper bags
Boxes - no bigger than 15"x15"
Egg cartons
Clean jars with lids - 1 quart limit
Plastic & paper bags
Boxes - no bigger than 15"x15"
Egg cartons

Reuse with UPS:
The UPS Store
(406) 883-6630
48901 US-93 Polson, MT 59860

Packing peanuts airbags Styrofoam

No paper or Cardboard


Fees and Separation Notice
Most Common Recycling Mistakes (video)
What to Recycle

All recycling accepted at:

Lake County Transfer Station
36117 N. Reservoir Road (behind Jolly Packrat) Polson, MT. 59860

picture of transfer station recycling building
All household recycling (except “other plastic containers”) at the following drop off sites:

Pablo – Salish Kootenai College (main entrance)

Ronan – Ronan Harvest Foods

Polson – Skate Park on 7th Ave


picture of milk carton recycle bins
picture of cardboard recycling bin

Each Item listed is placed in a seperate container:


Magazines, Catalogs & Phone Books


Cardboard, Paperboard & Brown Paper Bags



Aluminum Cans

Steel (Tin) Cans


#1 Plastic


#2 Plastic


#2 Clear Milk Jugs

Other items that can be recycled at the Transfer Station:

Household Quantities of Used Motor oil
Household Quantities of Anti-freeze
Lead (vehicle) Batteries
Tires (2 or less - Larger Quantities go to the Tire Depot - 55528 US HWY 93 Polson)
Large Appliances (Which may have or had Freon)

Scrap Metal: (There are three categories of metals)
· Ferrous metals contain iron, and are magnetic. These are low cost metals and are recycled in huge amounts. Steel and cast iron are ferrous metals. Ferrous metals can be found in industrial applications such as grinders, nuts & bolts, cutting tools, pipes, gears, automobiles, garden tools and machinery.
· Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, are non-magnetic and have a higher value. These metals include: aluminum, copper, stainless steel, brass, lead, and zinc. These metals are typically found in aircraft parts, window frames, vehicle parts, electrical wire, cables, water pipes and casings.
· Precious metals have the highest value, these metals include: gold, silver, platinum, titanium and nickel alloys.

These metals include:
 · Wire, fencing, cables - rolled, controlled with posts removed
· Tanks & Barrels - empty, no residue, cut for inspection Large appliances - except those with Freon

Lake County Landfill accepts:

Grass, Leaves and Yard Waste  -
Empty all bags, DO NOT include garbage bags with grass and leaves


With more than 100 million Americans recycling, there are still many people out there who are not aware of why it is so important that you recycle your old electronics.

Most importantly, electronics can pollute our air and water when they are disposed with regular waste. This is something that we as an industry have just recently become aware of, as e-waste is something that barely existed 20 years ago. Because technology is advancing at such a quick pace, it is now one of the fastest growing sources of pollution.

When you choose a certified electronics recycler, you are ensuring that any data stored on your devices is completely removed. When you just toss an old computer in the trash, you risk having the right hacker find his or her way to your sensitive information.

With so many reasons why you should recycle, it is hard to believe that some people could still put their old laptops in the trash. Share this article with your friends and coworkers to make sure that everyone you know takes part in responsible recycling.

Lake County Solid Waste is not a Certified Electronic Recycler, we contract with one for our Spring E-Waste events to benefit Lake County residents and community.

If you want to sponsor or volunteer, contact Lake County Solid Waste Office


Click the image below for pricing list in PDF format

picture of PDF pricing list

Lake County Solid Waste is not a Certified Electronic Recycler, we contract with one for our Spring E-Waste events to benefit Lake County residents and our community

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