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Health and Wellness

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Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility Opens March 25th!

We are pleased to announce the first permanent household hazardous waste collection facility is now taking reservations. Residents from Saint Louis County, Saint Louis City, and Jefferson County can visit www.hhwstl.com to make a reservation to drop off household hazardous waste (HHW) for dates beginning March 25th at the Lemay HHW Facility. The facility is located at 291 E. Hoffmeister (on the grounds of the Metropolitan Saint Louis Sewer District’s Lemay Waste Water Treatment Plant).


To make a reservation visit www.hhwstl.com and follow the instructions. At the end of the reservation process, please print off the voucher provided that confirms the reservation and bring the voucher and proof of your address to your appointment. Proof of address can be a utility bill or driver’s license.


Quick HHW Program Facts


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Latex paint is being accepted for recycling, but residents will be required to pay the full cost. That fee is 20 cents per pound ($2.00 for every gallon). Unlike other household chemical waste, latex paint is not actually hazardous. If completely dried out, latex paint can be safely disposed of with your trash.

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For all other eligible HHW, there is a 50-pound limit.
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If you have more than 50 pounds of HHW, you have the option to bring it in at the time of your appointment, but you will be charged our contracted fee to handle the additional material, which is $1.00 per pound.

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The contractor will weigh your materials on a scale. Fees, if applicable, can be paid using cash or a credit card. The facility will be accepting American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Checks will not be accepted and debit cards will have to be run as credit cards.


The permanent program replaces one-day HHW collection events. The regional HHW program is possible due to a partnership with the Saint Louis Metropolitan Sewer District and partial funding from the Saint Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and voter approved Saint Louis County landfill surcharge fees. Individuals without internet access can call the Special Event Service Line at (314) 615-8989 to find out how to make a reservation.


HHW Weight Estimates

The 50 pound limit on HHW that will be accepted at no cost to the resident is a step to encourage source reduction (not creating HHW in the first place). This limit is also necessary for program sustainability. How much is 50 pounds? Below are some estimated weights of typical HHW items.



Types of HHW   Weight
Quart of motor oil   2 lbs.
Car battery   15-20 lbs.
Bag of fertilizer   Up to 40 lbs.
Gallon of herbicide   8.5 lbs.
Full 5 gallon bucket of driveway sealer   50 lbs.


The cost to recycle latex paint will be 20 cents per pound. Containers will be weighed at the time of drop-off. but residents can estimate their cost using the following guidelines.


One quart can   Up to 4 lbs.
One gallon can   Up to 10 lbs.
Five gallon bucket   Up to 45 lbs.



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Recycling and Waste Reduction Grant Projects

Thirteen municipalities, non-profit groups, and companies with projects that support recycling and waste reduction in St. Louis County were the beneficiaries of over $250,000 in grants from the Saint Louis County Department of Health’s Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP). Read on for a list of grant recipients and project descriptions.


Recycling NewsAlways Green Recycling The project received funding to meet customer demand and provide tote on-site recycling and composting services. Their overall goal is to increase customer base, diverting waste from St. Louis County’s waste stream. Waste diversion education will occur during training sessions and through social media.


ArmStrong Environmental The company will conduct a multifamily recycling study to provide model programs based on best practices and to create an education plan for municipalities and property management.


Blue Skies Recycling The company will purchase composting totes and develop an aggressive marketing campaign to increase organics recycling for its Waste Reduction through Organics Expansion project. Blue Skies will raise awareness and knowledge through educational workshops for targeted entities.


Butterfly Energy Works Funding was granted for this one-home deconstruction project. Butterfly Energy Works will divert 65% of its demolition materials, in collaboration with Refab, to demonstrate deconstruction as a viable alternative to standard demolition practices.


City of Berkeley The city will start a multifamily recycling pilot program. Multifamily recycling programs make recycling in apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and other multifamily complexes, available to tenants. DOH is eager to reach this sector of the county, and with the success of this program, additional multifamily recycling projects are likely to follow suit.


City of Ferguson The city will use grant funds to subsidize the costs of commercial single stream recycling for 13 businesses in a business district. Besides diverting waste from landfills, patrons of those participating businesses will learn about recycling while on the go.


City of Maplewood The city will provide recycling and composting services to 35 businesses as part of its consolidated waste management plan. The city will educate and train the business owners and staff on the new program. The project includes public information dissemination with a press release and social media.


City of University City The city will develop and implement a public space recycling program in Heman, Fogerty, and Millar Parks. Recycling stations complete with service and educational signage will be placed at five pavilions within the parks. Promotional items and educational materials will be distributed to residents reserving the pavilions for events and activities.


City of Webster Groves The city will conduct a multifamily recycling pilot program to provide single stream recycling to select multifamily dwellings.


Republic Services Educational materials will be developed to increase recycling participation by residents. Project activities will cultivate enthusiasm for recycling and to debunk recycling myths.


Sappington Elementary The Lindbergh School District elementary school will use the grant for their Recycle Smart Initiative which fosters proper recycling practices through education and simple signage. The goals of the initiative are to decrease trash by 50% by eliminating confusion for students, and to share the model with other schools when proven successful.


Webster University The higher education institution received a grant for a recycling project entitled Culture of Green to create an internal behavioral shift in recycling through infrastructure changes and education. Successful strategies and best practices will be developed and shared with internal departments and businesses in the nearby community.


Wyman Center Funding was granted to the Wyman Center for recycling in common areas for employees and clients. Recycling bins with educational signage will be posted in prominent areas to encourage recycling.


Priority projects for grants were those that addressed Construction and Demolition Recycling, Commercial Single Stream Recycling, Educational Programs, Multifamily Recycling, Organics Diversion, Pay as You Throw, Public Space Recycling, and Special Event Recycling.



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Household Recycling Numbers by Location

Step Up to the Recycling Plate


Recycling News Congratulations Trash District 5! Residents in this district are the most improved recyclers since 2010. So if you live in one of the other trash districts, the bar has been set. Can you keep up with Trash District 5?


Every household can recycle up to 70% of their waste. As you can see by the charts below, some communities are doing much better than others. It is time to step up to the plate and challenge yourself and your neighbors to recycle as much as possible. It is truly the easiest way to conserve resources and create jobs!



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Local Happenings – HB328 and SB 363

Recycling NewsA law to ban placing computer equipment and TVs in landfills has been filed in the Missouri Legislature. Titled the Residential Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (HB 328 and SB 363), it matches electronic producer responsibility laws passed in 20 other states by assessing fees on manufacturers to pay for infrastructure to manage end of life electronics. The Missouri Recycling Association, a supporter of the bill, cites increased jobs and the conservation of resources among the reasons a landfill electronics ban would benefit Missouri. Electronics contain a variety of heavy and precious metals including lead, mercury, copper, gold, platinum, and cadmium. Jobs are created to recover those materials by the electronic demanufacturing and refurbishing industry.


Members of the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling recovered 1.8 billion pounds of electronics in 2012, employing 6,850 people in the U.S. In St. Louis County 6 businesses are registered with e-cycle Missouri (www.dnr.mo.gov/ecyclemo/) as electronic recyclers, and a total of 14 businesses are registered in the metro region. The act does provide an opt out clause for those regions of the state that do not have the ways and means to currently provide electronic recycling services.

 


Senate Bill 13 (SB 13)


SB 13 eliminates solid waste management districts and the Solid Waste Management Advisory Board. In 1990, Senate Bill 530 created 20 Solid Waste Management Districts across the state and a goal to divert 40 percent of waste from landfill disposal. The law levied a landfill tonnage fee to be deposited into a Solid Waste Management Fund which was distributed to the solid waste districts for resource recovery grants, reduction of illegal dumps and statewide education and training in solid waste reduction. The Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) was created as a means for districts to cooperate with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to address recycling issues, and provide input on local efforts and concerns.


Under SB 13, money from the Solid Waste Management Fund will be administered on the state level by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and allocated for grants to cities, counties and providers of solid waste management, waste reduction, recycling or related services.


Saint Louis County is part of the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and has representation on the District Executive Board. Significant grant projects from the district include partial funding for permanent household hazardous collection and a partnership for electronics recovery (e-cycle St. Louis).


HB 328, SB 363, and SB 13, and all current legislation before the Missouri General Assembly in this session can be found at http://www.moga.mo.gov/

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Seasonal Going Green Tips

Garden Tips for Spring


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Choose native plants that thrive in our climate and require less watering, less chemical fertilizers, and less need for pest and disease applications. Visit Grow Native or the Missouri Native Plant Society for more information on the benefits of native plants.

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Before purchasing fertilizers, conduct a soil test to see what nutrients are already available for your plants. The Missouri Botanical Garden William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening and University of Missouri Extension are two resources for soil testing. Soil testing kits may also be available from garden stores and nurseries.

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If you don’t compost- start! By adding a thick compost layer every year, you make an investment in improved soil structure, increased moisture retention, and reduce the need for commercial fertilizers. Visit our website to learn how easy it is to Backyard Compost.

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Before purchasing commercial products for pest control, check our website for natural recipes. You may be able to make a safer alternative for the job that saves money too!

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When buying fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, ask your garden center about less toxic products. Read label directions so you know how much you’ll need or have a plan for sharing leftovers. The bargain size isn’t a bargain if you need to manage the leftovers as household hazardous waste!

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What to Recycle Curbside

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Put a recycling bin next to every trash can in your home to ensure that you and your family members are recycling everything you possibly can. Don’t forget the laundry room, the bathroom, the office, and possibly bedrooms.


With single stream recycling, all of your recyclables go into the same bin. When recycling, labels and lids are okay! Give items a quick rinse to keep your bin clean. See our more extensive list of recyclables.



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PLASTIC -  Recycle all plastic containers such as plastic tubs, screw-top jars, jugs, cups, all types of bottles. The ONLY exception to the plastic container rule is polystyrene or Styrofoam. Styrofoam cannot yet be recycled at the curb.

PAPER -  All sorts of paper can be recycled.

METAL -  Recycle all aluminum bottles, foil, pans and cans. All steel/tin cans, such as soup cans, are recyclable.

GLASS -  Recycle all of your glass jars and bottles.

CARDBOARD and PAPERBOARD -  Any size box can be recycled curbside. Break down boxes to make room inside your recycling cart for other recyclables.



What NOT to Recycle


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Plastic bags cannot be recycled at home, but you can take them to a grocery store to be recycled.

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Plastic wrap, food wrappers, sandwich baggies or bread bags – if it is not a container, do not recycle it.

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Tissues, paper towels, and napkins cannot be recycled.

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Scrap metal cannot be recycled curbside.

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Drinking glasses, window glass, mirror glass and pyrex glass cannot be recycled.