The Solid Waste Division is committed to providing convenient and affordable solid waste services to the citizens of our community. The City’s fully automated collection service allows our collection costs to remain the lowest in the region.
The Solid Waste Division asks residents to practice and note the following guidelines:
- Solid Waste will collect trash from the public right-of-way.
- Solid Waste cannot come onto private property to remove items, even with your permission.
- Items weighing more than 75 pounds cannot be collected by Solid Waste workers.
- Items resulting from contract work such as tree trimmings, hot water heaters, or carpeting etc. that are refused are the responsibility of the contractor, not Solid Waste.
- Used oil and anti-freeze are accepted for year-round recycling at the landfill 5240 Jellison Road.
- The landfill is available for Billings and Yellowstone county residents at no charge for loads under 700lbs.
- Use of commercial containers by residential customers is prohibited and is considered theft.
- Due to the high winds please bag your garbage.
Schedules & Closures
View maps of the standard route collection schedules HERE.
The Solid Waste Division continues operations on days prior to and following each holiday to ensure excellence in service. If service is delayed due to a holiday, it only affects the day of the holiday, and the days following it during the same calendar week. Delayed service will not carry on into the following week. Example: Thanksgiving, Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, and Friday routes will be collected on Saturday.
Landfill Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, closed on Sundays.
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday, January 1||Delayed one day||Closed|
|Martin Luther King Day||Monday, January 20||On Schedule||Open|
|President’s Day||Monday, February 17||On Schedule||Open|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 25||Delayed one day||Closed|
|Independence Day||Friday, July 3 (observed)||On Schedule||Closed (Sat. 4th)|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 7||Delayed one day||Closed|
|General Election Day||Tuesday, November 3||On Schedule||Open|
|Veteran’s Day||Wednesday, November 11||On Schedule||Open|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, November 26||Delayed one day||Closed|
|Day After Thanksgiving||Friday, November 27||On Schedule||Open|
|Christmas||Friday, December 25||Delayed one day||Closed|
- Billings Regional Landfill
- Collection- Commercial
- Collection- Residential
- Collection- Yard Waste
- Recycling Resources
- Temporary Containers
The Billings Regional Landfill is the largest landfill in Montana. 250 of the 800 acre landfill are permitted to receive waste. The landfill receives over 225,000 tons of garbage per year from five counties:
If the landfill continues to receive the same amount waste, it will be full in approximately 45 years. This can be greatly expanded if recyclables are diverted from the landfill.
The city is currently land-filling a 50-acre area of the permitted facility. This area is unlined and has less than a year of capacity remaining.
The next area to be land-filled is now being built. It will be lined with on-site clay soils and a synthetic liner to help prevent contaminates from reaching, and potentially polluting, groundwater.
The waste pile is managed following a process called the Alternate Daily Cover (ADC). Under this protocol the waste pile is covered with six inches of dirt each week to prevent litter problems, odors and scavenging animals. Wind screens are positioned around the pile to help catch any blowing debris. Empty plastic bags are the biggest nuisance at the landfill as they are easily caught by the wind and transported off site. Tying a knot in an empty bag before throwing it away will prevent it from becoming airborne. Better yet - recycle!
|Waste Types in the Landfill|
|Municipal Waste* (commercial and residential)||60%|
|Non-hazardous waste (refinery waste, sewage sludge, agricultural waste)||15%|
|Inert Waste (construction/demolition debris, non-contaminated soil, tires)||25%|
*Of the municipal waste received, over 50% is some sort of paper product. Metals, glass and plastic make up the remaining 50%.
Waste Types Information
You can take accepted items to the Landfill, please review the full list of defined Waste Types before heading to the Landfill. For additional information call 406-247-8633.
|These items require special handling, please separate from other materials and follow the Gate Attendant’s instructions for disposal drop-off|
Special Handling Items
The Landfill will not allow disposal drop-off of these items
Learn more about Household Hazardous Waste HERE.
Where to Take Unacceptable and Special Disposal Materials
- Non-liquid medications can be taken to the Solid Waste offices at 4848 Midland Road.
- For ammunition, fireworks and explosives, contact the Billings Police Department Bomb Squad at 406-657-8200.
- For commercial waste, contact Beartooth Environmental at 406-373-2220.
Fees and Policies
Vehicles arriving at the Billings Regional Landfill are required to have their loads secured. Vehicles that do not meet the secured load criteria as defined in the Unsecured Load Policy (PDF) will be assessed an Unsecured Load Fee per the Landfill use fees adopted on June 10, 2019 in Resolution 19-10799 (PDF).
Schedule III - Landfill Fees
|Origin of Waste||Uncovered Load Fee|
|City of Billings||$10.00|
|Other Towns / Counties||$12.00|
MONITORING & INSPECTIONS
Random Load Inspections
Random incoming trucks and vehicles are screened for prohibited and restricted wastes. Unacceptable wastes are returned for proper disposal.
Federal and state environmental regulations require landfill operators to monitor groundwater, storm water and landfill gas.
Seven groundwater monitoring wells are sampled twice a year to determine if land filling activities are negatively impacting groundwater quality. All storm water running off the landfill is diverted into a storm water detention pond and sampled prior to being discharged.
Landfill gas monitoring points are positioned around the perimeter of the landfill and sampled quarterly to detect the presence of methane and other landfill gases.
Customers receive customized services to fit their individual service needs. Services range from on-site compactors to daily or weekly pickups. Businesses may rent commercial dumpsters from the Solid Waste Division.
Customers enjoy weekly pickups. We give residents with:
- Alley access 300-gallon barrels that serve approximately three homes
- Front street access receive 90-gallon rollout barrels
Alley Service Guidelines
- Use the alley barrel primarily for household trash.
- Top off the barrel with yard waste or larger items the day before collection.
- Keep the alley clean from your property to the middle of the alley.
- Place items too large for the barrel on your side of the alley for alley cleaning.
- Place residential trash only in residential barrels.
- Prepare branches in 4 foot lengths and bundle for pick-up.
- Do not allow long items to cause the lid to stand up.
- Place trash in trash bags.
- Do not move or turn barrels from where the City has placed them.
Curb Service Guidelines
- Make sure your barrels and any items that do not fit in the barrels are out by 7 am.
- Place the barrel with the lid opening toward the street.
- Make sure your extra barrels:
- Are no larger than 30-gallons
- Have outside handles
- Are at least 3 feet to 4 feet away from the 90-gallon barrel
- Branches need to be prepared in 4 foot lengths and bundled for pickup.
- Do not overfill the barrel.
- Place the barrel away from obstacles (mailboxes, vehicles, extra trash, etc.).
- Make sure that the truck can reach the barrel from the street.
- Remove barrels from the curb after they are emptied.
- Place trash in bags.
Yard waste collection lasts from the first full week of April until the last full week of November. We are unable to add this service to all areas of the City. Please call 406-657-8260 for more information.
Things to Know
Collection will be made by a dedicated side load truck.
Please have your yard waste container out by 7 am on your collection day. Barrels are not to be stored on the street. You may put them out the night before your collection day, they will need to be removed from the street after collection has been made.
Make sure you place your container four feet away from any obstructions or other containers.
Acceptable Yard Waste
Types of yard waste to place in your container include:
- Garden waste
- Grass clippings
- Shrub pruning
- Smaller branches or twigs
Branches Code Requirements
Billings Code 21-205 requires the following for branch yard waste collection:
- Limit all pieces to 4 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter.
- Tie pieces in bundles and limit bundles to 75 pounds in weight and 2 feet in diameter.
- Place bundles near designated collection site at curb or in alley.
Non-Acceptable Yard Waste
Do not place dirt, sod, rocks, animal droppings, or plastic bags in your yard waste container.
If you have a lawn service doing your yard work they are required to haul off the yard waste that they generate.
Fall Leaf Pick up Program
The City of Billings offers two collection programs to help residents manage their leaves during the fall season. City crews will collect leaves that are put in the green yard waste containers or bagged leaves for customers who don't have the green containers or have alley pick up.
Residents should not put leaves in street gutters for the Street crews to pick up. During our Community Conversation meetings, citizens expressed that Street Maintenance crews could be better utilized in the fall to paint school crosswalks and grade roads and alleys, as well as other street maintenance projects.
The following are some general guidelines for fall leaf collection that applies to all residents:
- Please use your green yard waste containers for loose leaves.
- Please bag your leaves if you do not have a green yard waste container.
- Leaves raked into street gutters will not be picked up.
- Leaf burning is prohibited within the Billings city limits.
- Leaves in green yard waste containers will not be picked up after the last full week of November.
- All leaves will then need to be bagged for collection.
The Billings Solid Waste Division strongly encourages residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Used Oil & Antifreeze Drop-off Site
Oil Recycling Center Drop-off is at the Billings Regional Landfill, 5240 Jellison Road. The program is open to residents of
- Carbon County
- Musselshell County
- Stillwater County
- Treasure County
- Yellowstone County
Types of used oil accepted include:
- Automatic transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Crankcase oil
- Gear oil
- Hydraulic oil
- Two-stroke oil
Used oil and antifreeze cannot be mixed together or with other substances.
Annual Christmas Tree Recycling
From December 26 through late January, Christmas trees can be dropped off at several advertised sites throughout the Billings area for recycling. Chipped trees are used for mulch and bedding material at:
- Area parks
- Bike paths
- Conservation centers
Newspaper, Cardboard & Aluminum Can Drop-off Bins
Drop-off bins are located around Billings for residents to recycle newspapers and aluminum cans.
A cardboard recycling bin is located at the Billings Regional Landfill, 5240 Jellison Road.
Proceeds from recycling materials in these bins go to non-profit organizations designated on the container.
Proceeds from City sponsored drop-off containers go to buy trees for city parks
Further Information on Private Curbside Collection
For information on private curbside collection of recyclables contact Earth First Aid.
Yard Waste Composting & Collection
The landfill has an on-site composting area for wood, barn and yard waste. Finished compost is used to reclaim closed areas of the landfill.
In 2005, the Solid Waste Division initiated a voluntary, curbside yard waste recycling program in selected Billings neighborhoods. Due to the success of the program, curbside collection and recycling of yard waste has been expanded to most areas in the City.
Residents are provided a 96-gallon container, free of charge, for weekly pick-up. The program runs from April through November. Please feel free to contact us for questions or more information.
As of September 1st, Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions and the Billings Solid Waste Division have partnered to provide free electronic waste recycling for residents of
- Carbon County
- Musselshell County
- Stillwater County
- Treasure County
- Yellowstone County
E-waste can be dropped off at the Billings Regional Landfill, 5240 Jellison Road, or Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions, 419 N 15th Street.
This program is for residential e-waste only. Business-generated e-waste can be recycled at Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions for a cost.
Acceptable E-Waste Items
Residential items accepted for recycling include:
- All computers and accessories
- Cell phones
- Loose cords and cables
- Portable electronics
- Power tools
- Rechargeable batteries
- Small kitchen appliances
- Some types of TVs
- Stereo equipment
Not Acceptable E-Waste Items
Items not accepted for recycling include large appliances and appliances containing refrigerant.
Further E-Waste Recycling Information
For more information, please contact the Billings Solid Waste Environmental Compliance Coordinator at 247-8633.
Upon request, the Solid Waste Division will provide convenient on-site drop box services. Call 406-657-8260 for more information about this service