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Recycle at Home 

One- and Two-Family Homes

The Saint Louis County Solid Waste Management Code requires trash haulers who service one- and - two-family homes to provide a “Minimum Level of Service” (MLS) that consists of three components: once weekly trash pickup, once weekly recycling pickup, and twice a year bulky item pickup for one base price. Yard waste collection is a service that all haulers must offer, but it is not included in MLS. For details, contact your hauler about yard waste and other optional services such as twice a week collection or rear door collection.

In Saint Louis County, private industry provides most collection service, with the exception of a few municipalities that provide the service to their residents. Find your trash and recycling hauler.

Regardless of where you live, the Field Services section of the Saint Louis County Solid Waste Management Program makes sure individual waste collection haulers are in compliance with the Waste Management Code, Chapter 607 and provides the minimum list of materials that must be included in curbside collection. List of Recyclable Items at the Curb.

Multifamily Complexes 

In Saint Louis County, waste haulers are not required by ordinance to include recycling with their services for multifamily dwellings (apartments and condominium complexes). However, many haulers will work with property management to meet the recycling needs for a property. Read more to find out where you can drop off recycling. Better yet, discover how you can help start a successful recycling program for your complex.  More…

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Recycle at Work 

Think Inside the Bin – As recycling becomes commonplace, more and more residents in Saint Louis County expect recycling options at festivals, special events, and especially at work. The Solid Waste Program can provide free resources, tools, and assistance to make setting up your workplace recycling program easy. Contact us by phone or email, or read on to learn how to start a recycling program at work.  More…

Recycle at School 

Resourceful Schools Project

Resourceful Schools Project (RSP) is a resource for educators, recycling coordinators, parents and students that brings the 3R message into classrooms and helps school recycling programs succeed. We offer classroom presentations, a lending library, and loan kits. To learn more about what we have to offer local schools in the county, please give us a call at (314) 615-7833 or visit the RSP website at On the RSP website you will find feature articles, recycling activities, games, fun facts and much, much more!

Single Stream Recycling and Schools

The expansion of single stream recycling (where all recyclables go in the same container) to the commercial sector has created opportunities for schools districts and other businesses to reduce trash hauling costs and to demonstrate a commitment to “green”. Adding single stream recycling to waste management contracts is the easiest and most efficient way of collecting recyclable waste. Our Single Stream Recycling School Guide is a complete guide to assist you in developing a successful recycling program.


Raise Funds through School Recycling

Many schools have the green and yellow paper recycling bins to raise funds to make the school community a better place. Both recycling bins are available to all residents 24 hours a day/7 days a week. To view acceptable paper items visit

Recycle at Special Events 

The county was a leader in special event recycling, starting the program in 1999 at the St. Louis County Fair and Air Show. Each year more and more venues provide recycling and zero waste events (where organics are also collected). Many haulers and recyclers now offer special event recycling services.

The Solid Waste Management Program can provide technical assistance and a container loan program for small events. You can arrange to borrow clear stream recycling containers for your event by downloading this Clear Stream Recycling Container Form. Below is a brief special event recycling planning guide or download a detailed Recycling Plan for Special Events PDF.

Recycling at Your Event

1. Designate a recycling coordinator.

2. Make a recycling plan.

  1. What kind of recycling containers (totes, bins, clear streams) will you use?
  2. Where will the recycling containers be located and how many will you need? Best results allow one recycling container placed by each trash container. 
  3.  Use clear bags for recycling and black bags for waste.

3. Establish a collection system.

  1. Who will empty the recycling during the event? Make sure that recycling is kept separate from trash.
  2. When the festival or event is over, who is responsible for disposing of the recyclables? Your waste hauler may provide a recycling option, or if you have a small event, recyclables can be taken to a recycling drop-off location.

4. Let it be known!

  1. Ensure that all event planners and volunteers know that recycling will be available during the event.
  2. Clearly mark recycling containers and include a short list of what can be recycled.
  3. If possible, require vendors to only use recyclable cups. Announce to participants that recycling is an option, and remind them throughout the event.
  4. Round up recycling volunteers, if possible, to help event attendees sort their waste, separating recyclables from non-recyclables.

5. A Word About Organic Collection

  1. Organics collected at a special event can only be composted at a licensed composting facility.  It is illegal to back yard compost materials not generated on the premises.  Contracting with a service to provide organics recovery is strongly advised.
  2. Vendor cooperation in using recyclable or compostable tableware is critical for success.
  3. Monitoring at collection stations is critical!