Recycling Update: 2021

As of December 7th, 2021:

The recycling and trash are unfortunately still being collected together in the alleyways. πŸ˜₯ 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: Due to a shortage of truck drivers, the City of St. Louis is temporarily collecting alley trash and recycling dumpsters at the same time. There is no change to rollcart collection. You can read the City’s press release for more information here.  

You can ensure your items are recycled by taking them to one of the City’s more than two dozen dropoff locations.  Find the closest dropoff location near you.  Recyclable items from these dropoff locations are scheduled to be collected daily, as needed. 

You can help the City get back to its regular recycling collection schedule by referring candidates to apply to become a Refuse truck driver.  

The City will resume separate collection when enough drivers have been hired.

This post was originally published in September 2021 and has since been updated to note new information about recycling collection.


  • Andrew Strosahl says:

    Has alley recycling resumed yet?

    • Samantha Villaire says:

      Unfortunately, we have not had any further updates from the Refuse division. Hopefully be the first of the year they will have enough drivers.

  • Melissa says:

    Is there an update on the recycling for STL City?

    • Samantha Villaire says:

      Unfortunately, not yet. πŸ˜ͺ The last we heard from Refuse was December/early 2022. Once it resumes to normal, we will make a post on the website, on our social media and send out an email. Thanks for checking in and let us know if you need to be added to the email newsletter.

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks! Yes add me to your mailing list. I was a little overexcited this morning when I saw trash pickup come by and they did not empty the blue bins into the truck, only regular landfill. I will keep an eye out for the good news.

  • Gayle M Brinker says:

    Please contact me when Recycling and Yard Waster pick-ups are back in place.
    Also, how will we be reimbursed for the taxes we pay for this service and are not getting?

    • Teela Gajewski says:

      Thank you for reaching out to us! Yard waste collection will return in March 2022. Yard waste collection for rollcarts will return on March 2nd and yard waste collection for dumpsters will return on March 3rd. We post all updates on our social media, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/ or Instagram by clicking the icons on the bottom of this page. We also send updates in our e-newsletter, you can sign up by following this link: or email us at saying you would like to sign up for the e-newsletter. We will continue to add updates on this post as well. As far as taxes, we only operate the outreach and education, you would have to contact your Alderperson on that matter.

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