NONE OF THESE ITEMS BELONG IN YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLE BIN!
These items harm recycling workers and their equipment when taken to one of the three material recovery facilities located in St. Louis County. The facilities or MRFs (pronounced MURF) are designed to sort paper, boxes and rigid plastic containers. Unfortunately our MRFs are seeing an increase of items that don’t belong. Plastic bags, holiday lights and home sharps are the biggest offenders, but clothing, wading pools and even garden hoses have been pulled from the sorting systems. The facilities shut down for hours every day to cut plastic bags and other tangles from screens and conveyor belts.
Click here for a list of what belongs in your curbside recycling and help spread the word to stick to the curbside list! Continue reading for details on where to take plastic bags, holiday lights and how to properly manage home needles and sharps.