Collective Services

We provide services to second-hand industries.
reduce > reuse > recycle. rethink.

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What We Do

Intelligent recycling services

Recycling is smart. It conserves natural resources, increases productivity, creates jobs, and saves us all money in the long run. It is one important part of making a sustainable society.

It's a great idea, but we've only begun to scratch the surface of its potential. Most reusable and recycleable material ends up in the waste stream rather than the reuse and recycling stream.

Collective Services wants to rethink recycling. We know that there is a huge demand for post-consumer goods and materials, and a strong willingness among consumers to supply that demand. What's missing is a way of bringing them together.

Collective Services is changing that. We partner with businesses, community groups, non-profits, government organizations, and citizens to save goods from the landfill, and we leverage our knowledge of regional, national, and international markets to get them where they are needed. While we specialize in textile reuse and recycling, we provide a comprehensive recycling service.

With savvy and commitment, we are making recycling work.

Collection services

We help businesses, organizations, and communities dispose of recyclable and reusable materials in a responsible manner while considerably reducing their disposal costs. On average, the groups we serve experience a reduction by half in waste management costs. Everything we collect is sorted first for reuse, then for recycling; less than 5% of what we collect goes to the landfill. Our service is completely free of charge to your organization. We provide all necessary storage containers, bins, and the like, and we collect from them on a frequent basis, tailored to suit your needs.

We collect a wide variety of goods and materials. Generally anything that might be donated to and resold by a secondhand store is accepted. We do not currently accept furniture). We intend to be the first comprehensive recycling service in our region, so as we continue to grow, we will begin accepting even more types of recyclables. Please read our current list of items we accept.

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Sales

We can provide a consistent supply of credential and institutional textiles. We insist on shipping high-quality goods. We can be flexible with the mix we send you, based on your needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about what we can supply, please contact us.

Areas we serve

We're currently operating hubs in Billings, Helena, Bozeman/Livingston, and elsewhere. Check back soon for a comprehensive list, including fully interactive map.

Why It Matters

reduce > reuse > recycle. rethink.

‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ is the accepted waste management hierarchy, describing an approach that reaps the maximum benefit from material resources while generating the minimum amount of waste. To this we would add another ‘R’: rethink.

There has been a welcome upsurge in attention given to recycling in recent years. Unfortunately there hasn't been as great an emphasis on reuse. Reuse is less energy-intensive and generates less waste than recycling goods into materials. Collecting for reuse helps those in developing countries supply themselves with the necessities of living. And collection for reuse produces more jobs than any other form of waste management.

Collective Services is all about applying practical intelligence to the problems of waste, especially when there is a poorly met need in much of the world for what is being discarded, and the waste directly and indirectly harms our shared environment. We focus strongly on diverting goods from the waste stream for reuse, only resorting to recycling materials when reuse is impossible. And our reuse/recycling model involves extending collection services deeply into less-populated areas which have previously been neglected.

Please read our White Paper, Textile Reuse and Recycling As an Environmentally and Socially Responsible Practicepdf icon, for an in-depth analysis of how textile recycling benefits people and their environment. If you're interested in recycling in general, you can keep abreast of the latest recycling news by browsing our news feeds.

Environmental Benefits

The depositing of waste in landfills has numerous primary and secondary negative effects on the natural environment.

Primary effects

  • Loss of natural habitat: Textiles in the landfill, in common with many other ostensibly bio-degradable items, will decompose very slowly in the extant anaerobic conditions, and considering their large bulk, occupy a significant space in the landfill, contributing to landfill growth.
  • Pollution: To the extent that it does decompose, textile waste is converted into methane gas, which must be burnt, releasing polluting combustion products, or released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming and climate change.

Secondary effects

  • Replacement: Serviceable clothing that is not reused must be replaced with new clothing. The production of this clothing is energy-intensive, creates its own pollution, puts pressure on virgin resources, & calls for the use of large quantities of dyes and fixing agents which are harmful to the environment.
  • Transportation: The transportation of both the raw materials and finished product constitutes a considerable environmental burden in terms of energy consumption as well as pollution.

For Collective Services, the primary emphasis is on reuse. Over 95% of what we collect is reused, the majority of the remainder recycled. Together, these practices fill a demand that would otherwise require the environmentally harmful process of manufacturing and distributing new products, most from manufacturers operating under lax environmental standards, while also keeping tons of perfectly good material out of the landfill, mitigating both the primary and secondary effects of landfill dumping.

See our white paperpdf icon for references and more detail.

Meeting Needs

The majority of textiles that are reclaimed will ultimately find their way to populations enduring economic hardship, predominantly in developing countries. There is a strong need amongst these peoples—who must subsist in the best of times on an income that is only a small fraction of that enjoyed by citizens of wealthy industrialized nations—for affordable clothing, shoes, and other common items such as books and household items.

Textile reclamation has an undeniably salutary effect on the lives of consumers in developing countries. The clothing and other items made available by the trade in second-hand clothing in those countries is more affordable than either domestic or imported new clothing. A number of studies have demonstrated that all socio-economic groups are aided on the consumption side by the second-hand clothing trade, but especially the rural poor. All data suggest that textile reclamation improves the quality of life in developing countries, especially for the poorest amongst them. In this way it operates similarly to thrift and second-hand stores in wealthy nations.

See our white paperpdf icon for references and more detail.

Jobs All Round

Textile reuse operations bring jobs all along the line, from the point of collection all the way to points of sale in local enonomies the world over.

In general, reuse industries sustain a great many more jobs within the United States than the ‘traditional’ waste-disposal industry per volume. For instance, while a landfill and incineration facility will sustain one job per 10,000 tons of waste per year, and a conventional materials recovery facility will need ten workers for the same volume of waste, textile reclamation will put eighty-five people to work. Textile reclamation ranks third behind only computer reuse and plastic product recycling in job creation within the recycling industry itself.

There exists a broad field of opportunity created by second-hand imports in developing countries both for entrepreneurs and labor. In Ghana alone, for instance, 150,000 people work in the second-hand clothing sector. These tend to be better-paying jobs. For example, in Rwanda ‘budgets obtained from both tailors and used clothing retailers indicate that self-employment earnings in used clothing retailing exceed those in tailoring by 10 to 50 percent’. Again, ‘all the data suggest that operators’ net incomes tend to be significantly above the average in urban Zimbabwe’.

See our white paperpdf icon for references and more detail.

Recycling News Feeds

Tuscaloosa now accepting glass bottles, jars, for recycling - FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com


FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

Tuscaloosa now accepting glass bottles, jars, for recycling
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com
The City of Tuscaloosa is now collecting glass for recycling at a drop-off site. You can drop off your household glass bottles and jars at the Environmental Services Department at 3440 Kauloosa Avenue. The city will not accept auto glass, plate glass ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 3:58 pm

City mulls whether to cut recycling - Columbus Telegram


City mulls whether to cut recycling
Columbus Telegram
The recycling program, which operates at a facility on First Street about half a block north of E Street, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The city accepts aluminum cans, tin cans, waste oil, cardboard and plalstics, along with newspapers ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 3:51 pm

Only 70 houses missed so far in St. Pete recycling roll out - Tampabay.com (blog)


Only 70 houses missed so far in St. Pete recycling roll out
Tampabay.com (blog)
St. Petersburg---A day after some residents in a southeastern neighborhood complained about being skipped over in the city's initial recycling pick up effort, Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration reported only 70 houses citywide had been skipped in the ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 3:12 pm

Vanceburg recycling building expected this month - Ledger Independent


Ledger Independent

Vanceburg recycling building expected this month
Ledger Independent
The recycling materials, including a forklift, bayler, sorting conveyors and other recycling equipment, is being purchased through a grant from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department of Environmental Protection Division of Waste ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 2:52 pm

New York City’s ‘Styrofoam’ Ban Goes Into Effect

MSNBC
As of July 1 New York is the largest city in America to prohibit the sale, possession and distribution of single-use polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:06 pm

Curbside Recycling Finally Debuts in St. Pete

The Suncoast News
Approved by the City Council in November, the $6.1 million curbside program will provide twice-a-month pickups at about 76,000 homes. Residents will be charged $2.95 a month on their utility bill.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:02 pm

Recycler Buys Former Pelton Casteel Property on Chase for Milwaukee Expansion

Milwaukee Business Journal
Illinois recycling firm Cimco Resources Inc. plans to move and expand its Milwaukee operations after buying a large construction yard and warehouse on South Chase Avenue that used to be part of the Pelton Casteel Inc. factory.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:00 pm

Florida Waste-to-Energy Plant Cuts Landfilled Waste 90%

Environmental Leader
A Babcock & Wilcox waste-to-energy facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, is now online.

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Posted to Waste360

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 12:58 pm

No More Plastic Bags in Bowie, Md., Recycling Bins

Capital Gazette
Due to a change in policy at the Waste Management facility in Capitol Heights where the city's recyclables are taken, Bowie officials are asking resident not to include plastic bags with their other recyclables for curbside pickup starting this week.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 12:56 pm

hackathon yields app for trash, recycling schedules - Houston Chronicle (subscription)


Houston Chronicle (subscription)

hackathon yields app for trash, recycling schedules
Houston Chronicle (subscription)
In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 photo, participants Abhishek Agarwal, clockwise from left, Cristina Gorrino, Christopher Montano, Yoni Blumberg, Fanya Young, and Dante Cassanego meet during a coding and team formation session at FinCapDev San ...

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Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 11:34 am

Tucson trash, recycling collection unaffected by holiday - Arizona Daily Star


Arizona Daily Star

Tucson trash, recycling collection unaffected by holiday
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson's residential trash and recycling collection will not be affected by the 4th of July holiday, a news release from the city says. Residents should put their bins out on their regular collection day. Commercial trash and recycling collections in ...
No change to trash, recycling services due to Fourth of JulyTucson News Now

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Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 9:28 am

New Milford Recycling Center new offerings - Danbury News Times


Danbury News Times

New Milford Recycling Center new offerings
Danbury News Times
NEW MILFORD — Starting July 1, containers are available for mattress disposal free if the mattress can be recycled at the New Milford Recycling Center, 18 Young's Field Road. Mattress recycling is regulated by the state. Used tires are also being ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 7:38 am

County gives schools high marks for recycling - Hibbing Daily Tribune


Hibbing Daily Tribune

County gives schools high marks for recycling
Hibbing Daily Tribune
County gives schools high marks for recycling HDT Staff Report Hibbing Daily Tribune. HIBBING — Both the Cherry and North Woods schools have earned an A from the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department for recycling. Other Iron Range ...
Young recyclersMesabi Daily News

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Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 5:09 am

Timeline of recycling in Medina County - Medina County Gazette


Timeline of recycling in Medina County
Medina County Gazette
He says the contract required Envision to have a 13.5 percent recycling rate, the lowest mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Hambley says, “Are we getting the recycling we actually pay for? I think the facility can operate much more ...

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 3:15 am

Progressive Realigns Regions, Finances

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. reorganized its regional management structure and provided historical financial disclosure to reflect the changes.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:30 am

Mobile Technology Faces Hurdles in Waste Industry

Last month, FieldAware, a made-for-mobile, cloud-based software company based in Plano, Texas, launched a mobile platform for the waste and recycling industry.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:18 am

Integrity Waste's Ron Falcon Talks about Multifamily Waste Diversion

Integrity Waste specializes in helping multifamily residents and operators increase diversion, and CEO Ron Falcon talked at WasteExpo about how the company achieves that, what some of the challenges are and the legislative drivers pushing for more diversion to happen.

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 1:47 am

K2 Waste Merges Wisconsin’s Lake Country Disposal

K2 Waste Solutions LLC has acquired Lake Country Disposal (LCD) LLC, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 1:03 am

Oakland's New Recycling Program Offers Expanded Composting, Bulky Pickup Services

East Bay Express
After a long and contentious fight over Oakland's lucrative garbage contracts, the city is rolling out new services on July 1 — and for some residents, the program will bring new opportunities to recycle and compost.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:20 pm

Hazardous-Waste Incinerator to Pay Fine for Ash Cloud

The Columbus Dispatch
Days after an eastern Ohio hazardous-waste incinerator malfunctioned and sent an ash cloud over surrounding neighborhoods, tests showed high levels of arsenic and lead on a nearby backyard play slide and a pickup truck.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:17 pm

Plano, Texas, to Consider Adding Clothing to its Recycling Program

The Dallas Morning News
Plano could become the first city in Texas to collect smelly shoes, torn shirts and threadbare socks for recycling.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:13 pm

Nuverra Awarded North Dakota Research Grant to Study Use of Recycled Drill Cuttings in Road Applications

Construction & Demolition Recycling
Nuverra Environmental Solutions, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based providers of environmental solutions to the energy market, announced it has been awarded a $744,000 scientific research grant by the North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Research Council to demonstrate the beneficial use of recycled oil well drill cuttings through Nuverra's Terrafficient process.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:09 pm

Metro Vancouver Apartments, Condos Face Fines for Food Scraps On July 1

CBC News
Some organic waste recyclers say many apartment buildings in Metro Vancouver still don't have a system to keep food scraps out of the garbage.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:07 pm

Oklahoma Landfill Shut Down Over Laundry List of Violations

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has suspended the permit of a landfill in Tecumseh until a number of environmental compliance issues are resolved, including visible animal carcasses and other waste that wasn’t sufficiently covered.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 11:54 am

Environmental Research & Education Foundation and the Recycling Summit

David Bodamer, Executive Director of Content for Waste360, talks to Bryan Staley, President and CEO of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 11:15 am

National Waste & Recycling Association and the Recycling Summit

David Bodamer, Executive Director of Content for Waste360, talks to Anne Germain, Director of Waste and Recycling Technology at the National Waste & Recycling Association

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:58 am

Automann WasteExpo highlights

Mike Baker, Sales Manager at Automann, talks about his firm’s position as a global distributor of aftermarket truck and trailer components.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:49 am

Waste Management Adds CNG Fleet in Ontario

Waste Management Inc. launched a new fleet of 28 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to serve the Ontario cities of Waterloo, Guelph and surrounding areas, at an investment of more than $13 million.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 2:58 am

Corolla, N.C. Solid Waste Pickup Challenges Heat Up with Seasonal Influx

In the Corolla area of Currituck County, N.C., in the northernmost point of the Outer Banks, ocean waves, sandy beaches and wild horses attract upwards of 60,000 visitors per week during peak season from May through September.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 1:40 am

City recycling center is put on hold - The Coloradoan


The Coloradoan

City recycling center is put on hold
The Coloradoan
Concern over the cost of operating a long-sought "one-stop shop" for recycling in Fort Collins has put the facility on hold. Fort Collins officials expect to wait until at least fall before deciding whether to build the proposed Community Recycling ...

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Posted on 28 June 2015 | 5:11 pm

Safety Tips for MRFs

Working safely at a material recycling facility (MRF) presents a number of challenges.

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Posted on 28 June 2015 | 2:57 pm

Mack Trucks WasteExpo highlights

Curtis Dorwart, Mack Trucks Vocational Product Manager, talks about some of Mack's other products on display at WasteExpo 2015: The MP7 and MP8 engines

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 4:32 pm

Mack LR Series Waste truck series

Curtis Dorwart, Mack Trucks Vocational Product Manager, details some of the features of what he calls the star of the show for Mack at WasteExpo 2015: Its new LR waste truck series.

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 3:32 pm

Casella Changes Pricing Structure to Account for Cost of Recycling

Casella Waste Systems has started tacking a sustainability/recycling adjustment (SRA) fee onto the bills of residential customers with month-to-month service, and business and commercial customers with adjustable contracts.

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 1:47 am

Global Consumer Goods Group Commits to Reducing Food Production Waste in Half

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has committed to cutting in half the amount of food waste by 2025 that its 400 retailer and manufacturer members generate in their operations.

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 1:02 am

11 Images from the Philadelphia Zoo Recycled Art Exhibit

The Philadelphia Zoo is featuring this summer an exhibit of animals and nature sculptures made from recycled materials. The display, called "Second Nature–Junk Rethunk," showcases works by various artists to bring attention to the plight of endangered animals.

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 12:51 am

Waste Management Dumps its 29 Homes in Eco-Subdivision

Chicago Real Estate Daily
All 29 houses that Waste Management put up for sale this spring in the Prairie Crossing subdivision in Grayslake are sold or under contract, a company executive said.

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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 12:54 pm

San Bernardino County’s New Trash Hauler Exceeding Expectations

The Sun
Things have been bustling here the past two years — since the county entered into a 10-year trash-hauling contract with City of Industry-based Athens Services. That’s because Athens, per its contract, promised to import 800,000 tons of solid waste annually to the county to generate more revenue.

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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 12:52 pm

Ulster County, N.Y., Resource Recovery Agency Adopts New Fees, Waits On Contracts

Daily Freeman
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency has adopted higher fees that it will charge municipalities and is waiting to find out how many municipalities will sign long-term contracts the pickup of containers at transfer stations.

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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 12:50 pm

Montana Landfill Workers File Union Grievance, Vote to Strike

DailyInterLake.com
The union representing county landfill employees has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Flathead County Solid Waste District over a change in work schedules.

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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 12:48 pm

A ‘Street Nun’ Who Specializes in Redemption

Ana Martinez de Luco, 60, a Catholic nun, can be found in the thick of the action at a bustling can and bottle recycling center in Brooklyn.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 20 June 2015 | 10:00 pm

Nature Helps Squeeze Out a Little More Mileage

Old Car City in Georgia has turned junk cars into rusty works of art, becoming a mecca for photographers. Other salvage companies have adapted to the computer age.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 14 June 2015 | 10:00 pm

Nintendo 64s and Vintage PlayStations as Home Décor

Old technology, like outdated computers and video game consoles, doesn’t just fade away. For some, it is reborn as home décor and art.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 13 June 2015 | 10:00 pm

With Compost Program, Keeping Waste From Going to Waste

New York City is joining a garbage revolution, with 100,000 households now required to put their organic waste into designated bins.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm

Water Flowing From Toilet to Tap May Be Hard to Swallow

As California and other areas of the country grapple with drought, the reuse of water is less a technological challenge than a marketing problem.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 11 May 2015 | 10:00 pm

Cleveland Indians Have Home-Field Advantage on Recycling

Progressive Field’s concessions adopt a system that converts food waste to energy.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm

Hotels Embrace Sustainability to Lure Guests and Cut Costs

Hotels are looking to reduce their carbon footprints, including by rewarding guests who adopt green practices during their stays with loyalty points.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 27 April 2015 | 10:00 pm

Can King

In Bushwick, collecting empties and making a decent living, a nickel at a time.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 10:00 pm

Recycling Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Recycling at sports stadiums isn’t just for cans and bottles anymore. A growing number of teams are asking fans to also toss leftover food and biodegradable trays and cups, in recycling bins.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 22 April 2015 | 10:00 pm

Un proyecto busca integrar cadáveres con la naturaleza

Katrina Spade, una estudiante con una licenciatura en arquitectura, quiere construir instalaciones para convertir cuerpos humanos en compost.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 13 April 2015 | 10:00 pm

Who We Are

Collective Services was founded in 2010 with the vision of creating the first comprehensive recycling hub network in Montana with productive spokes in four states (Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota), working with communities in order to reduce the environmental and economic costs to everybody of filling landfills with ‘trash’ that has value, and to create a positive synergy within those communities.

Meet the people who make it work below.

Erik Little

Erik Little

Personal & Contact Info

  • Owner/Founder
Henry Clayton

Henry Clayton

Personal & Contact Info

  • E-waste Events
  • IT Development
  • Web & Graphic Design
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Technical Writing
  • Information Technology
  • Internet Research
LeeAnne Fusco

LeeAnne Fusco

Personal & Contact Info

  • Billings Hub Warehouse Supervisor
Yvonne Proeller

Yvonne Proeller

Personal & Contact Info

  • Textile & Shoe Sorter
Pablo Ramirez

Pablo Ramirez

Personal & Contact Info

  • Billings Hub Warehouse Worker & Sorter

Contact Us

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Collective Services
3105 Drury Lane
Billings, MT 59101
USA
Tel: 1-406-446-9089 Fax
Fax: 1-406-206-0200

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