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

HIGHTSTOWN: Borough tightens recycling rules - Packet Online


Packet Online

HIGHTSTOWN: Borough tightens recycling rules
Packet Online
The Borough Council introduced an ordinance during its last meeting that would revise its recycling regulations and rules pertaining to property maintenance regarding recyclable materials. “Out at Michael's Plaza, we've discovered that there's a ...

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 10:28 am

Broward's recycling success declines - Sun Sentinel


Sun Sentinel

Broward's recycling success declines
Sun Sentinel
Mounds and mounds of household garbage in Broward are heaped in landfills today, as the county's recycling efforts diminish. State environmental officials have released figures confirming what Broward leaders expected: Recycling here dropped last year, ...

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 9:39 am

A Recycling Summit Sneak Peek with Harvey Gershman - waste360


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A Recycling Summit Sneak Peek with Harvey Gershman
waste360
Waste360: What can participants expect from your Conversions Technologies session at the Waste360 Recycling Summit? Harvey Gershman: My presentation will give participants insight into the fast-growing technology changes occurring in the industry.

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 8:43 am

A Recycling Summit Sneak Peek with Harvey Gershman

Waste360 recently had the opportunity to catch up with Harvey Gershman, President of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., a Fairfax, VA-based firm that consults public- and private sector organizations on optimal solutions for solid-waste-management challenges.

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 7:58 am

The Recycling Partnership partners with Roanoke, Virginia - Recycling Today


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The Recycling Partnership partners with Roanoke, Virginia
Recycling Today
The Recycling Partnership has given the city a grant to assist with education and outreach procurement. In addition, the city has received customized education campaign and operational assistance to support cart distribution, which will begin mid-August.
New recycling routine for Roanoke residentsWDBJ7
Single stream recycling comes to Roanoke in Oct., bins delivered in Aug.WSLS
Roanoke announces fall launch of new single-stream recycling programRoanoke Times

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 6:45 am

Yes, recycling is still good business — if this happens - GreenBiz


GreenBiz

Yes, recycling is still good business — if this happens
GreenBiz
Contrary to some recent articles proclaiming that the recycling industry is struggling, the recycling industry continues to be an enormous economic driver in the United States. In 2014, the recycling industry employed more than 1.1 million people ...

Posted to recycling - Google News

Posted on 30 July 2015 | 4:46 am

You've Got Recycling Questions, We've Got Answers! (Part Three) - waste360


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You've Got Recycling Questions, We've Got Answers! (Part Three)
waste360
This is the third part of a series that provide answers by industry experts to questions you have about recycling. The questions came out of Waste360's recent webinar on the cost of recycling. For further discussion on these issues, don't miss the ...

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 4:14 am

You've Got Recycling Questions, We've Got Answers! (Part Three)

This is the third part of a series that provide answers by industry experts to questions you have about recycling. In this edition Harvey Gershman, Michele Nestor, Albe Zakes and Eric Herbert talk about the average monthly recycling costs, market development and the challenges for mixed waste processing.

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 2:55 am

Mixed Waste Processing Sparks Passionate Opinions

Mixed waste processing will be the subject of a vigorous discussion/debate between the three speakers headlining the Recycling Summit’s Mixed Waste Processing Panel.

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 1:46 am

12 Takeaways from Casella Waste’s Latest Financial Results

Casella Waste Systems Inc. nosed back into the black for its second quarter.

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Posted on 30 July 2015 | 1:18 am

Scavengers Are India’s Real Recyclers

If Modi really wants to create wealth out of waste, there is a workforce waiting for him.

Posted to NYT > Recycling of Waste Materials

Posted on 29 July 2015 | 10:30 pm

Ligonier planners recommend recycling ordinance - Tribune-Review


Ligonier planners recommend recycling ordinance
Tribune-Review
Prior to the vote, zoning/code enforcement officer Richard Bell reviewed the recycling draft ordinance with the commissioners. According to the ordinance, all trash carriers would be mandated to offer curbside recycling service on a monthly basis with ...

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 8:20 pm

City offers new electronics recycling option for Springfield residents - The State Journal-Register


The State Journal-Register

City offers new electronics recycling option for Springfield residents
The State Journal-Register
The city of Springfield is partnering with a local vendor for two weeks' worth of electronics recycling opportunities for residents after a drop-off event debacle earlier this month. Starting Saturday, Springfield residents can drop off a number of ...

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 7:49 pm

Nederland to re-energize recycling program - The Port Arthur News


Nederland to re-energize recycling program
The Port Arthur News
The Nederland 2014 Community Survey results do not shine a favorable light on the drop-off recycling service, located in the Market Basket parking lot. City Manager Chris Duque said 27.7 percent of the 954 completed surveys submitted to City Hall last ...

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:12 pm

Waste Management's Steiner Talks About the Challenges Facing Recycling

Continue the conversation at the Waste360 Recycling Summit.

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 1:31 pm

Recycling Riches: How Australian Billionaire Anthony Pratt Is Getting ... - Forbes


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Recycling Riches: How Australian Billionaire Anthony Pratt Is Getting ...
Forbes
When Anthony Pratt, the affable, orange-haired Australian billionaire behind America's biggest maker of fully recycled cardboard boxes, takes you on a tour of his factory in Valparaiso, Ind., you're bound to stop for the bronze plaque outside ...

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:00 am

A Kentucky Hauler Buys a Rival, Adds a Transfer Station

Waste Services of the Bluegrass LLC (WSB) has purchased a Kentucky waste hauler and opened a transfer station in the state.

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 1:25 am

How One Company is Turning Food Waste into Electricity

Blue Sphere Corp., an Israeli-based company active in the fields of organic waste to energy, began construction on its first two U.S. projects this year.

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 12:58 am

Kauai County Employee Killled in Kekaha Landfill Accident

The Garden Island
The Kauai County employee killed while working at the Kekaha landfill Sunday has been named.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:57 pm

Successful Recycling Requires More Community Involvement

San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio faces a daunting task in reaching its goal of achieving a 60 percent residential recycling rate by 2025. With just 10 years to go, only about 30 percent of the city’s population recycles.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:56 pm

Paterson, NJ, Awards Almost $12 Million to Two Firms for Solid Waste Disposal

Paterson Times
Paterson, N.J., officials awarded two solid waste disposal contracts this month totaling almost $12 million, according to city records.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:53 pm

DEP Awards J.P. Mascaro 10-year Permit for Pennsylvania Landfill

The Times Herald
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded local solid waste company J. P. Mascaro and Sons a new 10-year permit for its White Pines residual waste landfill in Pine Township, Pennsylvania.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:51 pm

Tuscaloosa County Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts

Waste360 Wire
Tuscaloosa County will soon expand its recycling program in the unincorporated areas of the county with the help of a recent grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:47 pm

2016 CDRA Annual Meeting

Top-rated sessions and a tour of the world-class Zanker Resource Recycling Facility will be part of the 23rd C&D World 2016, the Annual Meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association May 1-3, 2016, in San Jose, CA.

Location

Zanker Recycling Facility San Jose, CA
United States
37° 20' 17.5488" N, 121° 53' 10.7844" W
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CDRA Annual Meeting on May 1-3 To Feature Tour of Local Zanker Recycling Facility

Top-rated sessions and a tour of the world-class Zanker Resource Recycling Facility will be part of the 23rd C&D World 2016, the Annual Meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association May 1-3, 2016, in San Jose, CA.

The CDRA’s Annual Meeting is the only event that focuses on C&D recycling, and is always attended by the leaders in the industry and has an exhibition floor dedicated to the equipment and services for C&D recycling. For 2016, the show is going back to its roots in providing a tour of a local recycling facility, which it did the first six events, starting in 1993. In 2016 the tour is being taken up a notch by show attendees being allowed to visit Zanker, which has seven recycling lines, all certified under the Certification of Recycling Rates (CORR) program. 

As always, the newest concepts and the most useful information will be provided during the sessions part of the meeting, and on the show’s exhibit floor, which will be located next to the session rooms in 2016.

For more information about the meeting, including  submitting presentation ideas, and exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, monitor www.cdrecycling.org or contact the CDRA at info@cdrecycling.org; 630-585-7530.

 

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:15 pm

NWRA's Kneiss Outlines the Crossroads of Recycling

Learn more at the Waste360 Recycling Summit, September 9-11, Chicago, IL.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 1:31 pm

Eight Takeaways from Waste Connections’ Latest Financial Results

Waste Connections Inc. reported lower net profits for its second quarter, while revenue climbed modestly.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:00 am

What’s Driving the Move to Increased Automated Collection

Rising insurance claims brought on by an aging workforce and employee injuries, as well as the desire to collect more waste at a lower cost is driving the growing trend toward automated waste collection.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 1:45 am

Six Things to Know about Stericycle’s Latest Quarter

Medical Waste firm Stericycle Inc. posted lower net profits but higher revenue for its second quarter.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 12:17 am

Mumbai Is Overflowing with Garbage

BloombergBusiness
Which global city uses prime real estate nearly the size of New York’s Central Park simply to dump trash on? Mumbai.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:35 pm

Charlotte Airport Scraps Recycling Partner

WFAE
Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:34 pm

Expansion of Hazardous Waste Landfill Approved in Canada

The Observer
Approval of Clean Harbors' landfill expansion, announced Friday by Ontario's environment ministry, is expected to add 25 years to the life of the site in St. Clair Township.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:31 pm

Fire Torches Materials at Starr County, Texas, Paper Recycling Plant

The Monitor
A smoky fire that snowed ash on a nearby colonia Saturday prompted officials to evacuate about 50 residents from their homes Saturday evening.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:29 pm

Committee Approves Ontario County, N.Y., Landfill Expansion Payment Plan

Finger Lakes Times
Ontario County stands to receive more than $18 million over the next 14 years if the state approves permits for expansion of the county landfill.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:27 pm

10 Major U.S. Cities With Zero Waste Goals

The concept of "zero waste" continues to spread. Here are 10 U.S. cities that have discussed or enacted aggressive waste reduction goals.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 11:27 pm

10 Points About Republic Services’ Q215 Performance

Republic Services Inc. reported higher net earnings and revenue for its second quarter.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 10:54 pm

Coal Ash Bill Clears U.S. House

TV Newsroom
The House has approved a bill granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 2:45 pm

Charleston, W. Va., Committee Votes To Eliminate Recycling Bins from Program

Charleston Gazette-Mail
Charleston residents will no longer be allowed to use their recycling bins if an amendment to the city’s recycling ordinance passes at City Council’s next meeting.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 2:42 pm

Oaklanders Furious Over Unexpected Jumps in Garbage Collection Costs

San Francisco Chronicle
When Oakland City Council members approved a contract with a garbage hauler last year to reduce landfill waste by ambitiously composting and recycling, they celebrated it as a major environmental achievement. Now, it’s clear they didn’t read the fine print.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 2:40 pm

Hartsfield-Jackson Restarts Composting Facility Project

AJC.com
Hartsfield-Jackson International is relaunching a project to build and operate a composting and recycling facility at the world’s busiest airport.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 2:36 pm

Versability Expands E-Recycling Business to Virginia Beach

Daily Press
Hampton-based nonprofit VersAbility Resources is doubling its footprint in Hampton Roads by opening a 130,000-square-foot electronics recycling center in Virginia Beach later this summer.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 2:34 pm

10 Takeaways from Waste Management’s 2Q15 Financial Results

Waste Management Inc. reported a big jump in net earnings but lower revenue for its second quarter. The Houston-based company cited factors such as recycling struggles and less divestiture revenue in the overall revenue decline.

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Posted on 24 July 2015 | 1:34 am

Residents Sue Seattle, Saying New Trash Rules Violate Privacy

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, a group of Seattle residents said the city’s garbage inspection rules violated their privacy rights.

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Posted on 17 July 2015 | 10:00 pm

Alaska Starts Cleaning Up Debris From Japan Spread by 2011 Tsunami

Tons of marine debris, some of it from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, will be airlifted from rocky beaches and taken by barge for disposal in the Pacific Northwest.

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Posted on 12 July 2015 | 10:00 pm

An Art Collection Gathered From the Street and the Laundry

Odile Stern, 85, has endured tragedy but continues to bring an ebullient, artistic approach to life, making art out of everything, including her family’s lint.

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Posted on 11 July 2015 | 10:00 pm

Father of ‘Bottle Bill’ Sues Walgreen Over Bottle Redemptions

The complaint from G. Oliver Koppell charges that the company turns away and even harasses people who depend on the income from collected bottles and cans.

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 10:00 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on 11 May 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

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  • Owner/Founder
LeeAnne Fusco

LeeAnne Fusco

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  • Billings Hub Warehouse Supervisor
Yvonne Proeller

Yvonne Proeller

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  • Textile & Shoe Sorter
Pablo Ramirez

Pablo Ramirez

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  • Billings Hub Warehouse Worker & Sorter

Contact Us

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

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