Sanitation Services

The Solid Waste Division is committed to providing convenient and affordable solid waste services to the citizens of our cNew Collection Truck 2020ommunity. The City’s fully automated collection service allows our collection costs to remain the lowest in the region.

Guidelines

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.Billings Regional Landfill Sign
  • 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.

HolidayDateCollectionLandfill Status
New Year’s DayWednesday, January 1Delayed one dayClosed
Martin Luther King DayMonday, January 20On ScheduleOpen
President’s DayMonday, February 17On ScheduleOpen
Memorial DayMonday, May 25Delayed one dayClosed
Independence DayFriday, July 3 (observed)On ScheduleClosed (Sat. 4th)
Labor DayMonday, September 7Delayed one dayClosed
General Election Day
Tuesday, November 3
On ScheduleOpen
Veteran’s Day
Wednesday, November 11
On ScheduleOpen
Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 26
Delayed one day
Closed
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 27On ScheduleOpen
ChristmasFriday, December 25Delayed one dayClosed
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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:

  • Carbon
  • Musselshell
  • Stillwater
  • Treasure
  • Yellowstone

Lifespan

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.

Design

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.

Maintenance

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

Accepted Items

  • Paint
  • Solvents
  • Automotive chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Fluorescent lamps and bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Lawn chemicals

Special Handling Items

  • Medical waste
  • Explosives, fireworks, ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Electronic waste

Unacceptable Items


The Landfill will not allow disposal drop-off of these items
  • Radioactive materials
  • Any business-generated hazardous waste*

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 WasteUncovered Load Fee
City of Billings$10.00
Other Towns / Counties$12.00
Outside Montana$14.40


MONITORING & INSPECTIONS

Random Load Inspections

Random incoming trucks and vehicles are screened for prohibited and restricted wastes. Unacceptable wastes are returned for proper disposal.

Landfill Monitoring

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.