Montana’s pink trash cans provide funding for breast cancer

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There’s a new disposal and recycling company in town and they’re already doing their part to help the community in a very unique way. Grizzly Disposal and Recycling has partnered with Chicks n Chaps to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to support members of the local community. Chicks n Chaps Development Director Kirsten Cooper explains what it’s all about.

“We’ve partnered with Grizzly Disposal to raise money for people in the community affected by breast cancer,” Cooper said. “When you sign up with them, if you choose to get a pink cart, you will donate an additional $10 per term. So that’s $40 per year that will go directly to Chicks n Chaps. Then, each month, for every pink cart that’s on the street, Grizzly Disposal donates an additional $5 to Chicks n Chaps. All of this money will go into a pool to be able to help people with breast cancer in western Montana.

According to Cooper, Chicks n Chaps is currently in 15 different states and various fundraising efforts are underway.

“All fundraisers keep the money they raise,” Cooper said. “They write checks directly to individuals or hospital foundations that help fight breast cancer. We have collectively returned more than $2 million to communities.

Cooper said the Montana Chicks n Chaps license plate has been a big help when it comes to providing funding to those in need.

“Literally every person in Montana who asked us for help, we were able to help them,” Cooper said. “We haven’t had to turn a single person away because of that license plate income. Just last week the last check we sent was for $6,000 and it brought us over $300,000. We introduced our license plate at the end of 2017. So basically from 2018 to now we’ve given over $300,000 to people in Montana with breast cancer, which is pretty good.

If you would like to order one of the new pink trash cans, call Grizzly Disposal at 406-541-7171.

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