Recyclables are collected once per week from the provided recycling cart. Republic Services provides either a 48-, 65-, or 95-gallon recycle cart. Your service day will vary depending upon your address. All containers must be accessible and ready for service by 6 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 (Monday through Friday) or 636-947-5959 (Saturday).

Recycled Items

Items accepted for recycling are as follows:

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans (trays and foil)
  • Aseptic Packaging – Juice Boxes and Cartons
  • Steel / Tin Food and Beverage Cans (empty aerosol cans accepted)
  • Glass Food and 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 and 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
    • Carrier Stock (soda and beer can carrying cases)
    • Chipboard (Cereal, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes, etc.)
    • Junk Mail and Envelopes (no plastic cards, stick on labels, or unused stamps)
    • Kraft (brown) Bags
    • Magazines, Catalogs and Telephone Books
    • Office, Computer, Notebook and Gift Wrap Paper (no metal clips, spirals, binders)
    • 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.

Items Not Accepted

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

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. View the items that St. Charles Recycle Works collects online.

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