Recycling Programs in St. Louis City: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Dawn Griffin Posted by
St. Louis May 2007

Did you know that the city of St. Louis has a recycling manager? Well, we do and she really knows what she is talking about. She was the most recent guest speaker at the Urban Affairs Committee, a group I belong to through the St. Louis Association of Realtors.

According to Jill Hamilton, each year the city produces 200,000 tons of waste which ends up in landfills and this waste constitutes $6 million in landfill fees.

Don’t despair. There are many programs in place to help us reduce the waste we produce, reuse much of what might be thrown away, and recycle the products that must be tossed.

For a full rundown of what the city has in place click.


In the hierarchy of waste reduction this is the priority, by reducing the waste in the first place, we eliminate the need for energy and natural resources required to produce, consume and dispose of products.

*Opt out of unsolicited credit card offers.

*Buy a water filter rather than bottled water

*Avoid disposable paper products

*Cook from scratch

*Buy in Bulk

*Replace recreational shopping

*Buy a canvas shopping bag


There are several opportunities in the City to REUSE building materials, cell phones and computers.

Cell Phones

ALIVE’s Phone Drive info at

American Cellular Donation Organization

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Good Stuff



Swap Thing

Construction and Demolition Waste

ReSource St. Louis

Habitat for Humanity St. Louis’ ReStore

Leftovers, etc

St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc.


If you live in 63110,63108,63112,63113,63116,63139 or 63147 you can participate in curb side pick up. It is a grant funded program and the resident must pay a portion of the fee to initiate service. Call 353-7176 for more info.

For the rest of us there are over 27 drop off locations all over city.

And don’t forget to close the loop. Recycling only works if there is a market for the recycled goods.


Fehlig Brothers Box and Lumber Company, 314.241.6900

Plastic Lumber Company of America, 314.382.7766

Bee Cabinet Corporation, 314.533.1000

Greenfield Customer Interior Flooring, 314.481.6996

Hampton Carpet Shop, Inc. 314.351.6108

Clean Carton Company, 314.428.4777

Xpedx Paper & Graphics Store, 314.773.2832

Pedro’s Planet, Inc., 314.423.3898

The city’s site on recycling is really extensive and worth the visit.

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