What Bin Does It Go In?

Explore this page to learn in detail what items should and should not go in which bin for each of the City provided waste services: Recycling, Trash, Yard Waste, Bulk Pickup and Household Hazardous Waste.

Recycling

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The items below can go in your blue recycling dumpster or rollcart. Keep them loose, clean & dry. Always flatten your cardboard. All recyclables can be mixed together in the same bin (AKA single stream, commingled recycling, mixed recycling).

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Keep Them Loose

Toss recyclables directly into your blue bin. No plastic bags please.
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Keep Them Clean

Rinse or wipe food residue before recycling.
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Keep them dry

Empty liquids and food residue. Keep dumpster and rollcart lids closed.
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Always Flatten Your Cardboard

Help save space so everyone can recycle. Break down cardboard boxes.
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Steel/Tin Cans

(Lids and labels OK to leave on)
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Aluminum Bottles & Cans
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Aerosol Cans

(Empty and recycle lids separately)
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Clean Aluminum Foil
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Aluminum Pie Plates

(Clean)
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Shredded paper

(Secure in a paper bag)
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Aluminum trays

(Clean)
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NO Plastic Bags, Wrap or Film

(Take them back to the store. Find a dropoff location)
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Cartons
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Pouches
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Plastic Bottles – #1-5, 7

(Lids and labels okay to leave on)
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Plastic Tubs- #1-5, 7

(Lids and labels okay to leave on)
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Plastic Jugs & Containers – #1-5, 7

(Lids and labels okay to leave on)
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Glass Bottles

(Labels okay to leave on)
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Glass Jars

(Labels okay to leave on, recycle metal lids separately)
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NO Ceramic or Glass Plates, Glasses, Cookware or Bakeware.

If in usable condition, donate it!
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NO Styrofoam

(foam cups, plates, to-go boxes, foam packing materials, etc.)
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NO #6 Plastic

(Check the number inside the recycling arrow)
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Magazines & Catalogs
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Newspaper

(No plastic sleeve)
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Mail

(Include envelopes with plastic windows)
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Telephone Books & Paperback Books
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Paper

(note paper, office paper, notebooks, folders)
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Paper Bags
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Flattened Cardboard Boxes
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Gift Wrap
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Cardboard Tubes
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Cardboard Beverage Carriers
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Dry Goods Boxes
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Pizza Boxes

(Only if no food or grease spots bigger than your fist)
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NO Sharps
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NO Food Waste or Food Contaminated Items

Trash

The items below can be placed in your trash dumpster (brown) or rollcart (green).
Trash is also referred to as garbage, landfill or rubbish.

Wait! Before you trash it, find places that can reuse or recycle your trash.

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Plastic Bags

(Take them back to the store. Find a dropoff location.)
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Plastic Wrap & Film

(Take them back to the store. Find a dropoff location.)
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Plastic Packing Materials
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Styrofoam

(foam cups, plates, to-go boxes, foam packing materials, etc.)
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Chip Bags & Candy Wrappers
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Paper Cups
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Napkins, Paper Towels & Tissues
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Disposable Utensils

(Even biodegradable utensils are not recyclable)
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Food Waste
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Clothing

(Consider donating instead)
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Pet Food Bags
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Pet Waste
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Bagged Garbage
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Greasy Pizza Boxes

(Tip: tear off the greasy parts and recycle the rest)
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Plastic #6
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Glass or Ceramic Plates, Glasses, Cookware or Bakeware.

If in usable condition, donate it!
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Large Plastic Items

…like laundry baskets, tubs and crates.
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Unmarked Plastic

(If this symbol is not marked or it doesn’t have a #1-5 or 7 inside)
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Diapers
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Rubber Hoses
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Vinyl Toys, Records or Siding
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Plastic & Metal Hangers
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Rigid Plastic Items

…like toys or furniture. (Consider donating instead)

Yard Waste

The items below can be placed in your green yard waste dumpsters or rollcart.
Yard Waste is also referred to as Green Waste.

The City of St. Louis operates weekly yard waste collection during the spring, summer and fall.
Learn more about Yard Waste collection.

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Grass Clippings
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Leaves
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Garden Trimmings
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Flowers & Plants
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Untreated Wood
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Sticks, Branches, Logs & Limbs

(No longer than 6ft or 2in in diameter. Bundle branches and logs)
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Consider Composting Your Yard Waste at Home

Bulk Pickup

The items below can be placed out for once-per-month collection during your regularly scheduled Bulk Pickup week. You can place up to 3 items out each month.

Learn more about Bulk Pickup services.

The items below can also be dropped off at a transfer station once-per-month.  You can drop off up to 3 items each month.

Learn more about Bulk Dropoff services. 

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Furniture
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Appliances

(Remove doors from refrigerators)
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Mattresses
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Bundled Branches & Logs

(No longer than 3 ft. long or 2 ft. in diameter)
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Automotive Batteries
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Motor Oil

(Can also be recycled at many service stations)
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Tires

(Up to 3 per household)
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Electronics

(Computers, printers, telephones, power cords, etc.)

Household Hazardous Waste

Also known as HHW, the items below are considered hazardous and should be disposed of properly.

St. Louis city residents have access to the St. Louis Household Hazardous Waste dropoff sites which accept all of the items below.

Learn more about the regional HHW dropoff facilities

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Paint
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Stains & Varnishes
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Pesticides & Herbicides
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Poisons
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Gasoline & Other Fuels
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Solvents & Stripper
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Aerosols
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Gas Cylinders

(BBQ pit size or smaller)
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Fluorescent Tubes
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Rechargeable Batteries
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Alkaline Batteries
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Antifreeze, Brake & Transmission Fluid
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Pool Chemicals & Other Acids/Bases
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Wood Preservatives
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Driveway Sealant
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Mercury Containing Items

(Such as thermometers, thermostats and mercuric salts)

Seasonal

The items below are collected seasonally and have designated dates and locations for collection. Details will be posted when these services are available.

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Christmas Trees
(Recycle them at 3 City park locations. Click for more details!)
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Holiday/String Lights