City Dumpsters

Recycle Using The City’s Blue Alley Dumpsters

With a blue recycling dumpster in your alley you can recycle at any time!  Collect recyclables in your home and keep them separate from trash with an in-home recycling bin.  A second waste can, paper bag, plastic tub or cardboard box make great recycling bins.  When your recycling bin is full, empty its contents loose into the blue recycling dumpster (no plastic bags please).

Collection Schedule

Blue recycling dumpsters are usually collected on Monday or Tuesday, depending on location, after trash collection has been completed.  All dumpsters are picked up a minimum of once a week, or more as needed.

Help keep your community clean by closing dumpster lids after each use.  This protects recyclables from wind and rain.  If your dumpster has a metal slotted lid, please do not prop it open so that recyclables can stay dry.  Eventually all metal slotted lids will be replaced with plastic lids.

Every alley should have at least one blue recycling dumpster.  If the dumpsters in your alley are damaged or are continuously overflowing, contact the Citizens’ Service Bureau (314) 622-4800 or submit a complaint online.

Determine your regular collection schedule.  In the event of holidays, please check the schedule that is posted on the Refuse Division’s website.

City Rollcart Recycling

Dropoff Recycling Sites

Multifamily Building Recycling

Join Your Neighbors and Pledge to Recycle This Year!

St. Louis residents recycle 61 lbs of material every minute, but we can still do better. Will you help us recycle even more?


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