In 2005, Wayne Wilson and Brad Fimrite were inspired by the problem of an excess of propane bottles causing issues for Yellowstone National Parks garbage handling systems. Wilson and Fimrite began working on ideas on how they could help YNP solve these problems and they came up with the world's first Propane Bottle Recycler (PBR). Wilson, owner of WWW Industries, began manufacturing their first PBR unit and by 2008 they had received a United States Patent for the PBR (Patent #: US 7,434,506 B2). Since then, Wilson has continued to manufacture the PBR's while Fimrite, owner of Mountain States Environmental Services, continues to distribute them. In 2008, Mountain States Environmental and WWW Industries were presented with the EcoStar award by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer for Montana State University for their work on the PBR. The EcoStar recognizes Montana small businesses and individuals who are taking positive steps to voluntarily implement Pollution Prevention practices.