Recycling Services

The City of St. Louis has a city-wide residential single-stream recycling service. The service utilizes blue dumpsters and rollcarts to collect recyclable materials from alleys and curbs.

About Residential Recycling Pick-Up

Pick-up recycling services have proven to increase the likelihood and amount of recycling done by residents, and provides access for those who do not have the ability, access or time for drop-off recycling locations.

It costs approximately $5.2 million annually for the City of St. Louis to bury waste in a landfill. Therefore, by reducing the amount of waste we generate through recycling, reusing materials, buying recycled or reused items and being mindful of conserving all of our resources, we can all help put the budget to a better use.

In order to understand the potential for reducing waste through recycling, let's look at how much waste the City of St. Louis Refuse Division actually collects each year:


Recycling Resources on

Saint Louis City Recycles-Blue Text ColorThe City of St. Louis has fully implemented residential single-stream recycling service, using blue dumpsters and rollcarts collected from alleys and curbs.  To build on the success of the program, a new website provides information on all there is to know about recycling in the City of St. Louis.  Follow the links below to learn of all the available resources:

Recycle at Home
Recycling is easy, learn how in five easy steps.

Recycle at School
Recycling resources for schools, teachers, students and educators on the City's recycling education programs, how to get classroom recycling bins, how to start rescycling at your school, the Lending Library (environmental educational books) and additional resources.

Recycle at Work
Recyling resources for City Employees, how to start recycling at work, recycling for businesses, nonprofits and institutions, buying recycled products and additional resources for recycling in the workplace.

Recycle Beyond Your Blue Bin database of location to recycle automotives, batteries, construction, electronics, garden, glass, hazardous, household, metal, paint, paper, and plastic items.

Recycling for City Employees
City Employees can request recycling bins, information and presentations. Find the City's contracts for recycling and tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle in the workplace.

What Goes Into Your Blue Bin and What Doesn't is the City of St. Louis' go-to resource for information about recycling.

Where to Buy Recycled Goods
A searchable database of where to buy goods made from recycled materials.

Recycling Data in Tons

170,000 Tons of waste (residential, City Government , public spaces, special events
140,000 Tons of residential waste

Recycling Data by Containers

36,000 Alley dumpsters (brown, green, blue, 300-500 gallon)
40,000 Curbside rollcarts (green, blue, 96 gallon)

Funding Sources

This Residential Recycling Pick-Up Service has been made possible by funding from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the City of St. Louis.

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Request a service, report a problem, or offer a compliment:

Citizens' Service Bureau (CSB)
Twitter: @stlcsb
Phone: (314) 622-4800

General Information, Questions or Comments:

St. Louis City Recycles
Twitter: @STLCityRecycles

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