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Recycler of the Year 2023!!!

Glendive Recycles Our Waste (G.R.O.W.) Wins the Recycle Montana 2023 Recycler of the Year Award

Every December, the Board for Recycle Montana, a non-profit organization that promotes recycling in the state,  identifies groups, businesses, or individuals that are deserving of winning their Recycler of the Year (ROY) award.

Executive Director Candi Zion states, “The Board selected Glendive Recycles Our Waste (G.R.O.W.) as the 2023 winner. They have one of the most successful volunteer groups dedicated to recycling in the state of Montana. They have operated for 6 years with their outstanding volunteers, developed tremendous community support, been instrumental in educating youth about recycling, and obtained their goal of building a new recycling building at 100 Recycle Road. And impressively, they recycle at least 6 semi loads of cardboard yearly.” 

G.R.O.W. is the brainchild of Dawson Resource Council (DRC) members inspired to operate a sustainable recycling center in Glendive. At first, DRC members collected cardboard once a month but increasing tonnage drove home the reality that a fundraising campaign was necessary to expand their ability to accept recyclables. Their campaign successfully brought in many donations from local businesses, organizations and community members.

As time went on, the group of volunteers established themselves as a non-profit, elected officers, wrote bylaws, and leased a spot for their cardboard baler at the Uran Center (KMart). They expanded to include other recyclables, such as plastic, committed themselves to educate the public about what recyclables they accepted, further involved kids, constructed recycling bins for businesses, and established transportation to buyers of their recyclables. 

With their operation expanding, G.R.O.W. determined a new facility was needed to accommodate their growth. Several donations including a large anonymous donation allowed them to purchase land and build a 40 x 60 ft metal building with overhead doors to accommodate two balers, drive-in recycling and semi loading. On October 8th, G.R.O.W. held the dedication of their new facility.

Zion noted, “We love to support and recognize the efforts of organizations like G.R.O.W.  It takes a lot of dedication and volunteerism to make it work. What they have done is very impressive; they will be a shining example for others to establish recycling programs in their community.”

You can learn more about Recycle Montana on their Facebook page or at

GROW and Dion

Glendive Mayor Deb Dion awarding GROW member, Bonita (Jinx) Jenkins the award to be placed in their new recycling facility



We had a terrific attendance of legislators to whom we served a variety of Jimmy John sandwiches, chips, and beverages from Elaine Taylor of Montana Beverage Association. We featured vendors who displayed items they created from upcycled, recycled, reused and refurbished materials as well as composting/recycling businesses. Our vendors: Johnson Custom Knives, Tyler Johnson, Cut Bank; Herman’s Eco Inc, Anna Herman, Deer Lodge; Sew Divine, Sherry Divine, Helena; Happy Trash Can, Ryan Green & Adrienne Huckabone, Bozeman; Pacific Steel and Recycling, Rick Farrow, Helena; and 406 Recycling, Matt Elsaesser, Helena. 
The highlight of the event; the announcement of the following awards winners:


$10,000 Recycling Trailer Grant Recipient 2022

We wish to thank the Thelma and John Zeller Inc Foundation courtesy of Randy Knowles for helping Recycle Montana make this financial award possible to the high school in Montana with the best grant application. Thank you! Twin Bridges FFA, with Colton Hellwinkel at the helm, is the 2022 winner of the grant and will be refurbishing and retrofitting a used trailer, a theme in keeping with our promotion of the "Rs", to enhance and create more recycling opportunities for their high school and community. They believe the recycling trailer will not only provide a means to grow and expand their existing efforts to promote environmental stewardship within the community, but also will allow their students to take a leadership approach to building community connections. With the trailer, they plan to serve the needs of the FFA, BPA, Madison County Fair/ Rodeo Grounds, Twin Bridges, Veterans, Highway Cleanup program, Senior Citizens Center, County Food Bank, 4H, Twin Bridges Floating Flotilla, Twin Bridges Elementary School and more. The Twin Bridges FFA chapter currently collects school paper waste for the district and plans to expand their program in collecting cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and large-scale salvage steel from the community. Congratulations to Twin Bridges FFA, winner of the $10,000 Recycle Montana Recycling Trailer Grant!  


We Recycle Montana- Recycler of the Year (ROY) 2022

Dave hails from North Dakota and landed in Big Sky to be a ski bum. He launched Full Circle Recycling over two decades ago, with inspiration coming from the amount of garbage he saw while working in Big Sky. Full Circle Recycling expanded ten years ago to include biofuels, such as cooking oil, recycling. His idea launched him into the very global world of commodities recycling, something he never imaged he would do. He and a partner formed Four Corners Recycling about 13 years ago at the famous Four Corners out of Bozeman collecting 4000 tons their first year. All of these businesses have expanded exponentially and now operate under the umbrella of We Recycle Montana. Currently, there are 25 families that are benefited by employment with We Recycle Montana. The lead team members are: Abe Schunk, General Manager, Four Corners Recycling; Ryan School, Metals and Baled OCC Manager; Peter Harned Owner, Full Circle Recycling; Dave Leverett Co-Owner, Founder.


Christy Pease- Lifetime Recycling Achievement Award 2022

Christy is receiving this award for her many years of dedication to recycling on the Hi-Line of Montana and to Recycle Montana as a board member and in creating and maintaining our website free of charge for several years; in spite of relocating to Georgia! THANK YOU Christy Pease!!! Recycle Montana appreciates all you have done and do! She received custom made mountain style goblets from Goose Bay Glass, Townsend.

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