Category Archives: Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste? Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes unusable or unwanted chemical products such as pesticides, fertilizers, paint thinners and stains, etc.  On average, a household can accumulate 30 pounds of HHW in a single year, which equates to 1.6 million tons in the U.S. each year.  Chemicals haven’t been around for many […]

Virtual Recycling Facility Tour

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it’s collected?  Join us on a virtual tour of our sorting facility! When the City’s Refuse Division picks up your recycling and trash, it gets taken to a Transfer Station, where waste is transferred from the trash or recycling truck into separate semi-trucks.  Then they haul […]

Be Green, Shop Local

And just like that, 2018 has nearly come to an end!  In the last six weeks of the year, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, our household waste INCREASES 25%!  As you wrap up your year and presents for loved ones, you can choose to make the days less wasteful.  About 35% of Americans have an […]

Tips for a Low Waste Party

It’s Party Time:  Tips for a Low Waste Party! The holiday season is upon us, and so are the parties!  Whether you’re hosting a party or attending, we have some ways to help lower your waste generation this holiday season.  From food to kitchenware to leftovers to gifts, we have you covered!   Food Prep:   […]

Plastic Recycling 201: What’s Up With Plastic Recycling

Plastic Recycling 201 “Can we still recycle plastics?”  “What about #6?”  “What do the numbers mean?”  “Styrofoam is marked, doesn’t that make it recyclable?”  People have a lot of questions about plastics and recycling.  Here’s what you need to know. Recycling Simplified Don’t worry about the numbers.  That’s right!  The numbers don’t mean anything to […]

Take Recycling to the Next Level: Precycle!

You may be thinking, “I love to recycle, but I have never heard of ‘precycling’.”  Precycling takes your recycling game to the next level! Simply stated, precycling is when you consider the recyclability of a product before purchasing.  There are a lot of products out there that are packaged in non-recyclable materials.  By considering the […]

The Three R’s of Back to School

The Three R’s of Back to School:  Reduce, Reuse and Redecorate! This time of year is stressful for every parent.  Where do you get school supplies at a reasonable price?  Do you bring the kids with you or leave them with a sitter?  How do you juggle several supply lists?  And don’t forget about their […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica du Maine

  Jessica du Maine has worked with Saint Louis City Recycles on numerous volunteer projects since we started 3 years ago.  We want to recognize Jessica as an outstanding volunteer and model recycler for St. Louis City!  We sat down with Jessica to find out a bit about her and how she became passionate about […]