Category Archives: Recycling

Plastics Recycling 201

“Can we still recycle plastics?”    “What do the numbers mean?”  “Styrofoam is marked, doesn’t that make it recyclable?”   In the early 20th century, there were only a handful of plastics and very few uses for it. Fast forward 100 years and it’s hard to find things that we don’t use plastic for.  These […]

Holiday Recycling: The Naughty and Nice List 🎁

The holiday’s are fast approaching again! Did you know that during the holidays our household waste increases by 50%? 😲 50%! If you plan to participate in gift exchanges this year, we have an ideal guide to help everyone lower their consumption, avoid wish-cycling and recycle responsibly! Gift Giving Alternatives Switch things up with your […]

Recycling Update: 2021

As of December 7th, 2021: The recycling and trash are unfortunately still being collected together in the alleyways. 😥 The Refuse division is scheduled to resume normal operations by late December, 2021. Residents with alley dumpsters are encouraged to use one of the dropoff locations. Find a Dropoff Location Near You St. Louis City Residents: […]

No Contamination November

Lets focus on “No Contamination!” this November! 🧔 Time is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. This is a good time for a quick refresher as to what major contaminants are found in our Blue Bins during the holidays and why they are harmful to the recycling process. FACT: Waste increases by […]

Bags2Bench Tour: 2021-2022

Presented by OneSTL 🎫 You won’t want to miss this educational, traveling bench! Can you guess what it’s made out of? The traveling bench is making it’s way around St. Louis Metro Area campuses! Premiering in September 2021 at Washington University and traveling around The Lou until May 2022 ending it’s tour at St. Louis […]

What’s Spooky and Ends Up in the Landfill?🤷‍♂️ One-Time-Use-Disposables!

Ghosts, witches and spiders – oh my! Halloween has become the second largest consumption holiday following Christmas. In 2019, Americans spent around $9 BILLION, mostly on Halloween decorations, candy and costumes. Below are some ways we can still enjoy this spooky holiday without creating excess waste and spending a lot of money. Halloween Candy Whether […]

Party Balloon Alternatives 🎈

Helium party balloons have been around for decades, but do you know where helium comes from? This blog post will discuss what helium is, where it comes from and why it’s important to choose eco-friendly substitutes for balloons at your next party. What is Helium? Helium is the second element on the Periodic Table of […]

Reduce. 🚫 Reuse. 🔂 Recycle. ♻

Back to the basics. We all learned the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” at some point during our early school years. We may have heard it so often that its importance has been forgotten. This blog post will refresh our views on the infamous 3 RRR’s and provide ways to implement them into our everyday life. […]

Plastics: What is Recyclable?

Plastics often leave us asking ourselves, “Is this recyclable?” 🤨 There are so many different types of plastic bottles, containers, wraps and random plastics, it can get confusing. This blog post will make it easier for you to understand which items are recyclable in our Blue Bin, which are recyclable beyond the Blue Bin and […]

Earth Month: Small Steps, BIG Impact

At Saint Louis City Recycles, we celebrate Earth Day everyday! While we are continuing to stay distant and keep each other safe, we can still celebrate and learn together! This blog post will highlight ways that we can help you individually, with friends and family or even with your neighbors become the best recyclers and […]