St. Louis County has provided 64-gallon recycling carts to unincorporated county and has provided grants to municipalities wishing to purchase carts.
Though carts and single stream collection (everything placed in one container) are common, your hauler may use another collection method. This is acceptable as long as the hauler collects all the acceptable materials required by their hauling license. As a resident, you are required to recycle with a container that meets the requirements of the waste hauler.
Weekly recycling pickup is a standard part of a minimum level of trash service and all licensed haulers operating in St. Louis County are required by law to provide you with weekly recycling pickup if you are in a one- or two-family household.
Please contact your hauler or municipality with questions about curbside recycling service requirements including the type of container you should use for recycling and recycling schedules.
Black Recycling Carts
In 2008, the St. Louis County Department of Health delivered black recycling carts to all one- and two-family residences in unincorporated St. Louis County. The cart program was a one-time event to help encourage recycling. The program has concluded and no further cart deliveries, removals or exchanges are being conducted. Funding for the recycling carts came from voter approved 5% landfill surcharge fees.
- The cart is assigned to your address. You are responsible to make sure it is used properly and not damaged by misuse.
- If you move, please leave the cart for use by the next occupant.
The County Trash District contract requires the authorized hauler to provide a recycling cart to any household they service in the district at no charge. Please call your hauler if you need a recycling cart or to replace a damaged cart. If your existing cart is damaged, please ask the hauler to remove the old cart for recycling. Please be aware that if you use recycling cart for trash or yard waste, the hauler may refuse to collect the cart contents.
Subdivision Opt Outs
If your subdivision opted out of the Trash District Program, and you need a recycling cart replacement, please call your hauler to determine your options.
What District Am I In?
If you are not sure if you are in an unincorporated county trash district, the following link, What trash district do I live in? will take you to the St. Louis County Department of Revenue page. By typing in your address and then clicking on the locator ID you will see the property data and trash district information.