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Pacific Steel and Recycling
(406) 442-7851
1530 National Avenue
Helena , MT

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Pacific Steel & Recycling
(406) 442-7851
1528 National Ave
Helena, MT
 
Headwaters Recycling
(406) 443-3101
2 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
 
Golden Recycling
(406) 252-8080
6th Avenue North
Billings , MT

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Pacific Recycling
(406) 543-7280
2600 Latimor Street
Missoula , MT

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City Of Helena Recycling
(406) 447-1584
1975 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT
 
City Of Helena Solid Waste Division
(406) 447-8082
1975 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT
 
Golden Recycling
(406) 252-8080
PO Box 1154
Billings, MT

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Pacific Recycling (Billings Store)
(406) 245-3133
777 4th Avenue North
Billings , MT

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Pacific Steel and Recycling
(406) 442-7851
1530 National Avenue
Helena , MT

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Recyclable Cars

Recyclable Cars By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

Each year, around 10 million vehicles are disposed of in the United States. Before vexing your conscience though, you should know that over 95 percent of these “retired” cars head straight to one of the 7,000 vehicle recycling operations around the country and 75 percent of these cars' parts are completely recycled, letting cars claim top spot as the world's most recycled product.


Here DriverSide explores what happens to these automotive materials:

Metals
As the hottest commodity at the moment, steel, iron and other metals comprise about 65 percent of the average vehicle, making the reuse of this product vital to overall automotive recycling efforts. Although reuse of metals started alongside the advent of the automobile, they're more popular than ever before. With construction exploding in rapidly developing countries like China, traders are snatching metals up to sell, and some older cars are now actually worth more for their steel than for their originally intended ‘automotive’ function. Naturally this means, according to the Steel Recycling Institute, that virtually all of this material is recovered for reuse. Wheels, engines, transmissions, wiring and body shells get shredded and filtered by ferrous scrap processors and the material is then sold to steel mills. Your trashed ’79 El Camino could be having a second life as a part of an Indian skyscraper.

Batteries
70 percent of all lead now used in the U.S. is found in car batteries. Fortunately, we’ve known about the toxicity of lead for a while now and recycling systems have been in place for years. Some batteries have enough life to be reconditioned for resale, but the dead ones go to lead reclaiming plants where the toxic substance is extracted to use in new batteries.

“Nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries are recycled,” confirms Latisha Petteway, Spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Almost any retailer that sells lead-acid batteries collects used batteries for recycling, as required by most state laws.”

Tires
In 2005, the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association estimated, based on U.S. census reports, that 299 million tires were discarded. That's a helluva lot of miles covered. Good news: 86 percent of that number was reused. While today’s tires are complex, they are also extremely recyclable. The rubber from old tires makes it into a multitude of materials, from pavements to playground covering. Some are used to create more tires, 16.255 million in 2005 were retreaded – though very few of those were for passenger cars, due to economic factors. They are also able to fuel cement kilns, boilers and paper mills as well.

Fluids
Oil, that fussy liquid which needs to be changed every few thousand miles, isn't just tossed away at lube shops. 380 million gallons are reused or recycled each year in America. It goes through a refining pr...

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