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Immediate Release: Thursday is America Recycles Day; 406 Recycling Announces Electronics Recycling for Helena Area Residents


Matt Elsaesser, Owner
406 Recycling

(Helena, Montana) 406 Recycling, a Helena area recycling company specializing in data-secure electronics recycling and event recycling services, is now offering community collection events in partnership with the Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Helena.

406 Recycling will provide data secure recycling for computer, entertainment, and office related electronics on a monthly basis for the next six months from America Recycles Day 2018 to Earth Day 2019 at the parking lot of the Good Samaritan Thrift Store and behind Natural Grocers at 3067 N Montana Avenue. Events will take place on the last Friday of each month starting this November 30th in honor of America Recycles Day and continue through the last Friday in April around Earth Day. All collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Businesses and other entities with more than an armful of electronics are encouraged to pre-register for the events or schedule a pickup with 406 Recycling. Most items are accepted for free at the monthly collection day with a $10 donation to Good Samaritan encouraged. 

The following items will be accepted at no charge but with a suggested donation of $10 to Good Samaritan:

  • Communications and network equipment including telephones, fax machines, routers, switches, and cords.
  • Computer equipment including computer towers, laptops and related peripherals such as adapters, keyboards, mice, speakers, docking stations, printers, scanners, and backup power supplies.
  • Entertainment items including stereos, speakers, gaming systems, remote controls, and related cords and items.
  • LCD Monitors and Televisions up to 36 inches measured diagonally. 
  • Personal electronics such as cell phones, tablets, iPods and their accessories.

Charges will apply for:

  • Cathode ray tube (CRT), console, and projection televisions ($1 per diagonal inch).
  • Data Destruction Receipts ($4 by email, $5 by mail).
  • Other televisions or monitors 37 inches or larger ($15 per item).
  • Clean microwaves with glass tray removed ($15 per unit).

All collections are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 30th, 2018 End of Month Event  — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
  • Friday, December 28th, 2019 End of Month Event  — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, January 25th, 2019 End of Month Event  — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.      
  • Friday, February 22nd, 2019 End of Month Event  — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 29th, 2019 End of Month Event  — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 26th, 2019 Earth Day Collection Event — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Items not accepted:

  • Batteries will not be accepted with the following exceptions:
    • Laptop, cell phone, and tablet batteries.
    • Batteries included in the unit being recycled.  
  • Kitchen and Large Household Appliances 
  • Any items with biohazard marking, including PCB’s, or otherwise unsafe to handle.

406 Recycling is additionally committed to providing employment opportunities to veterans and persons with disabilities. All current staff was part of Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling program established for this purpose. While Helena Industries is no longer in operation, the program showed the demand for data secure recycling in the Helena area and throughout western Montana and showed the merit of providing local jobs to responsibly process electronics for recycling. “Thanks to the legacy of HI’s program, we are starting with a well-trained and experienced workforce that our community can trust to securely and responsibly recycle their outdated or unwanted electronics,” says company owner Matt Elsaesser. “We look forward to future opportunities to expand vocational opportunities as our programs grow,” he added.

Elsaesser has been involved in recycling in various roles since his freshman year at Carroll College volunteering to help recycle in the St. Charles dorm. He anticipates that 406 Recycling will establish future event and other collection opportunities in the coming months that will be announced prior to the final of the six collection events announced this week.  

406 Recycling ensured environmental stewardship by only selling electronic recyclables to E-Steward or R2/RIOS certified facilities. They currently provide electronics recycling at the Logan Landfill in Gallatin County, provide collection for a variety of Helena area businesses and institutions, and have recycled over 100,000 lbs of material since being operations earlier this year.

On the event side of things, 406 Recycling provided traditional recycling at events this summer including the Helena Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars, Red Ants Pant Music Festival in White Sulfur Springs, and worked with organizers at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte. They also provided recycling, and sometimes compost collection, for several other events in the Helena area including the Meadowlark Music Festival, several events at the Helena Civic Center, community events by the Lewis & Clark Brewery, among other festivities large and small. 

Please contact 406 Recycling at [email protected] or (406) 449-6008 with any questions about these monthly events and other services. More details and updates are available at 406Recycling.com or facebook.com/406Recycling 

For Press:

Tours of 406 Recycling’s Warehouse, press photos, and interviews are available. 

Shorter Write-up: Monthly Electronics Recycling Events in Helena

406 Recycling will provide data secure recycling events for computer, entertainment, and office related electronics at 3067 N Montana Ave, South-East section of the parking lot in front of Good Samaritan Thrift Store and behind Natural Grocers at 3067 N Montana Avenue. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Friday of each month from this November to April 2019. 

Office electronics including computers, laptops, printers, network gear, LCD screens and related items such as cords, keyboards, and mice; entertainment items including most televisions, gaming systems, stereos, and related equipment; and personal items such as cell phones, tablets, and accessories will be accepted free of charge as part of the events. A $10 donation to Good Samaritan is suggested. 

Cathode Ray Tube (“CRTs”), console, and projection televisions or monitors will cost $1 per diagonal inch to recycle; other monitors or televisions over 36 inches will cost $15 per unit. Data destruction receipts will available for $4 by email or $5 by mail. Laptop, cell phone, and tablet batteries will be accepted, most other batteries will not be accepted unless they are included in the item being recycled.  Microwaves will be accepted for $15 but other kitchenand large household appliances are otherwise not accepted. No items with biohazard labels, PCB’s or that are otherwise hazardous to handle will be accepted. 

A $10 donation for Good Samaritan Ministries is recommended. Businesses and commercial entities are encouraged to call ahead or schedule a pickup ahead of the event. 

More details at 406Recycling.com, [email protected], or (406) 449-6008.