Saint 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.
As a reminder, weekly recycling pickup is a standard part of a minimum level of trash service and all licensed haulers operating in Saint 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 if you have questions about curbside recycling service requirements including the type of container you should use for recycling and recycling schedules.
In 2008, the Saint Louis County Department of Health delivered black recycling carts to all one- and two-family residences in unincorporated Saint 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.