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Recycling

Recyclables are collected once per week from the provided recycling cart. Republic Services provides either a 95 gallon, 65 gallon, or 35 gallon recycle cart. Your service day will vary depending upon your address. All containers must be accessible and ready for service by 6:00 a.m. on the assigned service day.

The City of St. Charles makes it easy for residents to recycle. All of your items can be placed in just one bin, and the charge for recycling is already included in your monthly trash bill.

For all questions, please contact our local Republic Services customer service representative at (636) 255-6142.

What Can Be Recycled?

Items accepted for Recycling are as follows:

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans (trays and foil) 
  • Aseptic Packaging – Juice Boxes and Cartons
  • Steel/Tin Food & Beverage Cans (empty aerosol cans accepted)
  • Glass Food & Beverage Bottles and Jars – Soda/Beer/Wine/Flavored Drink Bottles and Food Jars
  • #1 PET Beverage Containers – Soda/Water/Flavored Drinks (Clear and Green)
  • #2 HDPE – Natural Containers – Milk/Water/Juice Jugs
  • #4 LDPE – Margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, six and twelve pack rings
  • #5 PP – Yogurt cups, narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles
  • #2 HDPE – Color Containers – Detergent & Fabric Softener Bottles
  • #3 PVC – Narrow Neck Containers Only 
  • #7 Other – Narrow Neck Containers Only
  • Newspaper – Including Inserts (remove plastic sleeve)
  • Mixed Paper Includes:
    • Cardboard – no wax board
    • Kraft (brown) Bags
    • Magazines, Catalogs and Telephone Books
    • Office, Computer, Notebook and Gift Wrap Paper (no metal clips, spirals, binders)
    • Chipboard (Cereal, cake & food mix boxes, gift boxes, etc.)
    • Carrier Stock (soda & beer can carrying cases)
    • Junk Mail & Envelopes (no plastic cards, stick on labels, or unused stamps)
    • Paper Back Books (no hard cover books)  

We recommend that you rinse food and beverage containers first before placing them in your bin in order to keep away bugs and odors.

What CANNOT Be Recycled At This Time:

  • Light bulbs, window glass, glass ovenware, mirrors, drinking glasses, or ceramics
  • #6 plastic (commonly known as styrofoam)
  • Motor vehicle and trailer tires
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, or other hazardous chemical containers

Recycle Works Recycling Centers, which are operated by the St. Charles County Division of Environmental Services, complements curbside recycling programs by accepting hard to handle items typically not collected at your curb. Click here to visit the St. Charles Recycle Works web site and see what type of items they will accept.

Used Motor Oil

The following businesses will recycle used motor oil at no charge:

  • Wal-Mart, 2897 I-70 South Service Road, (636) 940-7611
  • Advance Auto Parts, 2231 First Capitol Drive, (636) 946-0570

Free Electronics Recycling

WITS or Web Innovations & Technology Services builds offers free electronics recycling the third Friday of the month, February through November, at the Family Arena. Suggested items to recycle through WITS include:

  •   any items with a power cord
  •   any items that take batteries or gas, including batteries
  •   lawn equipment
  •   all computer-related equipment
  •   household electronics, including phones, radios, televisions and cable boxes
  •   all appliances

Items can be brought Family Arena's North Parking Lot at 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO  63303. Hours are from Noon to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the WITS Electronics Recyling program, please read our press release.

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