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So many holidays, so many celebrations, and yes, so much extra waste! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, waste increases by 25%. Here are some tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle for the common “extras” generated this time of year.

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Green Gifts

Choose Recycled Content!

Look for words “post-consumer” recycled content when shopping. Post-consumer content means the product is made from materials collected from curbside and recycling drop-off sites. The higher the percentage of post-consumer content in a product, the more its purchase helps to “close the loop.”


Looking to dabble into your creative side? Perennial, a non-profit community workshop offers educational classes in creative reuse and sells repurposed home goods and eco-friendly project supplies. Turn discarded items into useable resources! Learn more about them here:

Not into DIY? Check out the up-cycled gifts that are already made on Etsy here:

Give a Gift to Help Someone Help the Environment:

Holiday Recycling
  • Smart Plug Strips (energy-saving power strip)
  • Rain barrels
  • Compost bin
  • Energy-saving fluorescent light fixture or compact fluorescent bulb
  • Cloth napkins
  • Diaper service for new parents
  • Cloth shopping bags

Or Buy Nothing at All!

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Wrapping and Packaging

Holiday Recycling

Plan for Recycling

  • All non-foil wrapping paper and gift boxes can be recycled in your curbside bin or at drop-off locations:

    Holiday Recycling

    Plan for Reuse!

  • Gift wrap, bags, boxes, and bows are all reusable! Save them for next year.
  • Save packing peanuts for reuse or turn them in to be recycled at:
  • Foam Products Corporation (FPC)
    2525 Adie Road
    Saint Louis, MO 63043
    Monday - Friday 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

    Foam Products Corporationl
    Holiday Recycling

    Consider these Alternatives to new Styrofoam and Bubble-wrap:

    • Biodegradable starch packing peanuts
    • Reuse packing peanuts from previous gifts
    • Crumpled ads from the newspaper
    • Waste from your paper shredder

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    Making Room for the New Stuff

    Share your Abundance by Donating your Good Usable Books, Toys, and Appliances to Charitable Organizations.

    Salvation Army

    Make Room


    Society of St. Vincent de Paul

    None of these close to you? Check out for a directory of all St. Louis thrift stores

    Wipe Out Electronic Waste


    If you give or receive new electronics for the holidays, consider donating working equipment to charity. If reuse is not an option, be sure to recycle your gadgets. There are a multitude of recycling options for electronics, but choose carefully. Make sure your recycler will provide documented guarantees for data security. To assure materials are handled responsibly, choose "E Stewards" and "R2 Certified" companies. Two are located in St. Louis County. Please call to verify accepted items, hours of operation, and fees if applicable.

    Spectrum Ecycle Solutions
    1521 Page Industrial Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Spectrum MRC Recycling
    11139 S. Town Square
    St. Louis, MO 63123


    Rechargeable Batteries are a great investment. They can be recharged up to 1,000 times! To recycle at the end-of-life, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has set up collection bins at retailers such as Radio Shack, Target, Home Depot and more. Visit for more information.

    Single-Use/Alkaline Batteries have fees associated with recycling because the process to recycle them exceeds the market value of the recovered materials. Please check the following mail back options for details:

    Battery Solutions, Inc.:
    The Big Green Box:
    Retriev Tecnologies:

    If you don’t wish to pay to recycle single-use batteries, they are safe to dispose of in the trash.



    Unless textiles are wet and moldy, they can be reused or recycled! Charitable thrift stores welcome useable clothing in good condition. Textile drop-off boxes listed below accept clothing for reuse and also stained and ripped clothes for recycling into new products such as cleaning rags and fabric for door panels.

    • Merchandise Pick-up Service – Hosts the yellow “barns” at schools and other non-profit organizations. For locations or to host a container call 314- 416-8282.
    • Remains, Inc – In addition to textiles, Remains accepts paired shoes. To locate a collection drive near you or to schedule a textile recycling collection for your non-profit organization call 314-865-0303.
    • USAgain – Collects shoes and clothes in conveniently-placed green and white bins hosted by schools, non-profits and local businesses. To locate the nearest bin or to join a USAgain Fundraiser visit or call 314-291-0046.
    • Charity Clothing Pickup – Provides pick up services for clothing and shoes to be distributed to thrift stores in the metro area. To set up a pick up date and time or to find a drop off box, go to or call 636-282-0000
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    Cooking Oil

    Did someone say deep fried turkey?! Save up that used cooking oil and keep it out of your sink and drains! You can drop off your cooking oil at one of our two Household Hazardous Waste sites where it will be recycled with other waste oils and used as alternative fuels. Check your basement and garage for other household hazardous waste and paint you are ready to get rid of as well! Make an appointment at:

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    Holiday Lights

    Did you just put up your lights to realize half the strand isn’t working? Do you have old or unworkable lights you just want out of the house? Don’t throw your lights in the landfill! Holiday lights are recyclable, but NOT in your curbside bin. Bring lights to these locations:

    Earthbound Recycling
    25 Truitt Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63025
    Phone: (636) 256-7400
    Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Spectrum Forerunner Recycling
    11037 Gravois Industrial Ct., Suite E
    Sunset Hills, MO 63128
    Phone: (314) 662-1321
    Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Midwest Recycling Center (MRC)
    11139 A South Towne Square
    Saint Louis, MO 63123
    Phone: (314) 200-9017
    Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Spectrum Scrap Mart
    Cost of 10¢ per pound of lights
    145 W. Outer Rd.
    Valley Park, MO 63088
    Phone: (636) 256-7400
    Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Spectrum Ecycle Solutions
    1521 Page Industrial Blvd
    Saint Louis, MO 63123
    Phone: (314) 428-0777
    Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Spectrum Wellston Scrap & Metal
    6540 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Wellston, MO 63133
    Phone: (314) 389-2526
    Monday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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    Christmas Trees


    When you are ready to dispose of your cut tree and you don’t have yard waste collection, here are some commercial composting facilities that will recycle your tree into compost or mulch in addition to other yard waste year round. Trees must be free of all tinsel, ornaments, decorations, etc. Residents are encouraged to call and verify information provided below.

    Tree Saint Louis Composting
    $1 per tree; 4 Locations
    Valley Park Facility
    39 Old Elam Avenue
    Valley Park, MO 63088
    Phone: (636) 861-3344
    Fax: (636) 861-5925
    Monday – Friday:
    7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: (March through December)
    7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.


    Tree Fick Supply Services Inc.
    No charge for trees
    501 N. Eatherton Road
    Wildwood, MO 63005
    Phone: (636) 532- 4978
    Fax: (636) 537- 1555
    Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


    Tree Saint Louis Composting
    $1 per tree; 4 Locations
    Maryland Heights Facility
    11294 Schaefer Road
    Maryland Heights, MO 63043
    Phone: (314) 423-9035
    Monday – Friday:
    6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


    Tree Saint Louis Composting
    $1 per tree; 4 Locations
    Fort Bellefontaine Facility
    13060 County Park Road
    Florissant, MO 63034
    Phone: (314) 355-0052
    Fax: (314) 355-2327
    Monday – Friday:
    7:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


    Tree Saint Louis Composting
    $1 per tree; 4 Locations
    Pacific Facility
    18900 Franklin Road
    Pacific, MO 63069
    Phone: (636) 271-3352
    Monday – Friday:
    7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.