Pacific Recycling is driven by the desire to develop long-term, successful relationships with their customers, vendors, employees, communities and the mills, treating each as a vital business partner. Realizing the full potential of this vision will result in a thriving business that will leave a legacy of achievement not only for future employees but for customers and other business partners as well.

They strive to:

• Offer superior customer service.

• Maintain neat, well-organized, user-friendly work places.

• Listen and respond to the needs of each business partner.

• Make safety a top priority.

• Treat their employees as their number one asset.

• Uphold the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior.

• Show genuine concern for their communities and contribute to their advancement.

Founded: In Missoula since the early 1940s

Why They’re Unique: PACIFIC RECYCLING IS COMMITTED to pursuing knowledge and practices that lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which help to protect the environment and sustain natural resources for current and future generations. A lead practice in this effort is keeping recyclable material out of their solid waste streams. This is accomplished through trade relationships with communities and the people they serve. This partnership is vital in reclaiming valuable secondary materials for reuse into new products, conserving natural resources and making better use of landfill capacity. By purchasing products at the end of their life and processing them back into raw materials, they reduce need for virgin materials, such as iron ore trees and other natural resources.

They Can Answer Questions Relating to:

1. What are some facts about recycling of which the community may not be aware?

2. What items can I recycle?

3. When and where Can I recycle?

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Pacific Steel and Recycling began operations in the late 1800s and has been in Missoula since the 1940s. They are dedicated to using new innovation and technology in maximizing resource recovery and “clean processing.” With an environmental conscience in mind, they are reducing the operational impact of fluids and contaminants in inflow materials by installing “state of the art” drainage racks and improving housekeeping methods. In addition, they are constantly developing best management practices and instructive policies to prevent pollution, conserve resources and mentor stakeholders on how to pursue and achieve similar results. Together, with their loyal customers, they will continue balancing economic growth and environmental stewardship through an understanding that everything they need for their survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on their natural environment. And by “being green”, they’re creating and maintaining sustainability for the conditions under which they and nature exist.

Resources: Earth;;;; Institute of Recycling Industries (ISRI).

1. What are some facts about recycling of which the community may not be aware?

ANSWER: • Did you know that recycling one automobile conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone? In partnership with their customers, they recycle tens of thousands of automobiles each year.

• Recycling one automobile saves the energy equivalent of 500 gallons of gasoline. Annually, with community support, they conserve over a million gallons of this precious resource.

• Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy needed to make new aluminum (including bauxite ore and electricity). With local backing, they recycle tens of millions of pounds of aluminum per year.

Beyond energy savings, there are equally significant environmental savings as well, including air emissions, water pollution, water usage and mining waste generation: For example:

• Did you know that for every ton of recycled paper produced (in lieu of raw manufacturing), over 50 pounds of pollution effluent is kept out of the air? Pacific Recycling recycles over 5000 tons of fibers per year (in 2012 they shipped around 2000 tons of paper & 3700 tons of cardboard).

• Utilizing scrap steel (in lieu of raw manufacturing) reduces CO2 emissions by 58% and reduces water-related wastes by nearly 70%. Annually, with community support, they recycle hundreds of thousands of tonnage of ferrous scrap metal.

• Copper mining wastes constitute the largest quantity of metal mining and processing wastes in the United States. With local backing, they help to eliminate these wastes by recycling over a million pounds of copper per year.

2. What items can I recycle?

ANSWER: At Pacific, they handle both consumer and commercial recycling, so they’ll take everything from aluminum cans and cardboard to heavier items like steel and iron.

Many of their branch locations feature drive-though recycling for everyday consumers and have out-job equipment to handle bigger projects that their customers may need them to help with. In some locations, they may be able to come to you and use their equipment to help you clean up some scrap. For availability of out-job services and roll-off containers, give them a call!

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Radiators
  • Lead
  • Stainless Steel
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Car Batteries
  • Scrap Iron
  • Engines
  • Automobiles
  • Sheet Metal
  • Appliances
  • #1 and #2 Plastics
  • Steel Cans
  • Colored Bottles
  • Newspaper
  • White Ledger
  • Office Mix
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Electronics – Contact local branch for additional information

3. When and where can I recycle?

ANSWER: Pacific Recycling is staffed Monday-Friday 8 to 5 & Saturday 8-1 or 24/7 Drop Off Well-Lit Drop Off Station. Located at 2600 Latimer in Missoula you can find them 1 block behind Target. If you have a question about how to recycle specific items please call. An employee will be happy to help.

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