Victor recycling business expanding near Missoula airport

Bret Anne Serbin

The Missoula County commissioners, impressed by a Victor recycling facility’s cleanliness, gave the go-ahead for the company to build a new motor vehicle wrecking business near the Missoula airport.

“We are sensitive to concerns of how does this impact, adversely or not, adjoining properties,” said Commissioner Dave Strohmaier.

Neighbors at two meetings on the proposal expressed concerns about the facility, pointing to its potential visual impacts and the effect it could have on property values.

The Missoula County Commissioners supported Modern Recycling’s request Thursday.

While Commissioner Josh Slotnick said he was initially skeptical of the business proposal, a Jan. 3 visit to the company’s Victor operation left him feeling supportive of the new business location. Slotnick and his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners were enthusiastic about the level of cleanliness they saw at Modern Recycling in Victor. They applauded innovations including a high-tech drainage system, and all three commissioners ultimately voted to approve the Whippoorwill Drive facility.

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