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Baling twine

SuzAnne Miller, owner of the Dunrovin Ranch outside Lolo, and NorthWestern Energy worker Craig Kelly pick baling twine from an osprey nest.

Thanks to grants and donations, the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society has been able to establish a Twine Collection & Recycling Site.

Baling twine is made of polypropylene, which doesn’t degrade. Because it is extremely strong, twine abandoned in fields or along roadways may remain in the environment for years where it can entangle wildlife and livestock. Ospreys and other birds have become caught in twine after they have placed it in their nests. Twine dangling from nests can also cause utility line fires.

The recycling site is located 2 1/2 miles north of Laurel on Buffalo Trail Rd across from Laurel's Container Site and near the Veteran's Cemetery.

The days and hours of operation are limited to the second and fourth Friday/Saturday of each month, May through October, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Like all plastics that are recycled, the twine needs to be dry and at least 90% clean. The site is not accepting net or mesh wrap since not all is recyclable.

For more information, including a map, visit yvaudubon.org or email yvas.twine.recycle@gmail.com. You can also call and leave a message at: 406-591-8606.

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