Spring Cleaning – What to do with all your stuff!

Spring cleaning is a great time to declutter your home or office space, but what do you do with all the things you no longer need? Use this step-by-step guide, and choose from these options right here in the city!

The main goal is to reduce the amount of stuff you’re throwing into the trash and give our excess stuff a new purpose!

  1. Try to find ways to reuse the item in a different way. Use glass jars as new storage containers, use your old newspapers or magazines for a craft project, or even use old shirts to make a t-shirt blanket!
  2. Donate if you can: The dresser you don’t want anymore could be just what someone else is looking for! Or the kids clothes you have stored away could go to a new parent in need! Check local neighborhood blogs or donate to a local shelter or thrift store. You can find donation locations on our Beyond the Blue Bin database.
  3. If it’s recyclable, put it in your Blue Bin! If it is any of these 6 categories and you can’t reuse or donate it, place it in your Blue Bin for recycling: Paper, Flattened Cardboard, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Glass Bottles and Jars, Metal Food and Beverage Cans, Food and Beverage Cartons. Always keep the recyclables loose, clean and dry!
  4. Don’t contaminate! Properly dispose of these items at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Aerosols (empty or full, including hair products and sunscreen)
  • Automotive fluids – antifreeze, gas, motor oil (and filters), brake fluids, etc.
  • Batteries (all types, including alkaline and lithium-ion)
  • Bottles of household cleaners
  • Fire extinguishers (full or empty)
  • Fluorescent lightbulb tubes (limit to 20 or less)
  • Gas cylinders (carbon dioxide and butane cylinders, empty or full) and Oxygen and propane tanks (20 pounds or smaller, empty or full)
  • Herbicides and pesticides and fertilizer
  • Mercury and Mercury containing devices (such as thermometers, thermostats, and mercuric salts)
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Paints (oil-based, craft and hobby paints)
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals and other acids and bases
  • Sealants, stains, varnishes, solvents and strippers
  • Vape pens and cartridges
  • Vegetable/cooking oil

If you aren’t sure about an item please call or email STL City Recycles and we can help you get the information you need: 314-772-4646 or recycle@stlouis-mo.gov

Resources and Examples

Teachers Trading Post | Upcycle Treasure Box

  • A non-profit that creates a market for educational materials and supplies for teachers! They accept donated materials, and allow teachers and educators to come and shop! Materials and resources are sold at $1.00 a pound.
  • Check out their website to learn more!

Remains – “Giving textiles a second chance”

  • A business that takes in unwanted textiles and clothing and either recycles or reuses them! They have in house drop off as well as a dumpster drop off service!
  • Check out their website to learn more!

Habitat for Humanity: ReStore

  • Dedicated to reusing and repurposing donated goods and diverting items from landfills in order to lessen our impact on the environment.
  • To see a full list of donatable items, click here.

Perennial STL

  • Perennial is a non-profit organization in St. Louis where you can take classes to learn creative ways to reuse materials. Try classes in woodworking, stained glass, mosaics, sewing, dyes, bookbinding and more. If you’re looking for materials, try out the retail shop, full of salvaged supplies.
  • Check out their website to find classes and more!

Nilo-Tech E-Cycling

  • Nilo-Tech provides electronics waste recycling services to private companies, small businesses, school districts, small governments and charity organizations at authorized collection sites and recycling drives across the Midwest.
  • Check out their website to learn more!

Spectrum Ecycle

  • Spectrum Ecycle offers convenient, secure electronics recycling, certified data destruction and technology disposal. Spectrum Ecycle services both business and residential customers!
  • Visit their website for more information!

Upcoming Recycling Collection Events March-April 2024

See a full list of Missouri Recycling Events on the Midwest Recycling Center Website.

3/2: 8am-12pm – Electronics Recycling Event – 2505 South Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, MO 63144

3/2: 9am-12pm – Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding Event – 7570 Lohmeyer Ave. Maplewood, MO 63143

3/8: 7:30am-12:30pm – Electronics Recycling Event – 231 South Brentwood Blvd. Clayton, MO 63105

3/9: 8am-12pm – Electronics Recycling Event – 231 South Brentwood Blvd. Clayton, MO 63105

3/16: 8am-11am – Electronics Recycling Event – 359 Old Meramec Station Rd. Manchester, MO. 63021.

3/30: 8am-11am – Electronics Recycling Event – 1011 Municipal Center Dr. St. Louis, MO. 63131.

3/30: 8am-11am – Paper Recycling Event – 1011 Municipal Center Dr. St. Louis, MO. 63131.

4/6: 9am-1pm – Electronics Recycling Event – 25 Saint Ferdinand Park Dr. Florissant, MO 63031

4/18: 12pm-5pm – Electronics Recycling Event – 2 Millstone Campus Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146

4/27: 8am-11am – Electronics Recycling Event – 1640 South Kingshighway Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110Hosted by Brightside STL & fees waived for city residents!

Please reach out with any questions and remember:

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