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 Recycling and Trash Collection Brochure and Trash and Recycling Service Guide.

There are so many benefits to recycling.
Just a few...single stream recycling
  • Recycling conserves natural resources for the future. If we all start reducing the amount of materials we throw away and recycle more now, we will preserve more natural environments for future generations.
  • Recycling prevents the emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants by reducing the amount of energy used at production plants. Recycling recovered materials, such as newspaper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans save more energy than from virgin materials used to produce new products.
  • Recycling creates various jobs for producing new products and creating new technologies. Recycling in the United States is a $236 billion per year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse businesses employ more than 1 million workers nationwide.
  • Recycling reduces the need for incinerators and landfills. Recycling diverts millions of tons of material away from landfills and incinerators.
  • The more people recycling the cheaper it will get.
  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 7,000 gallons of water.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for 4 hours.
  • People and the environment benefit from less pollution being exerted into the atmosphere. Natural habitats are allowed to thrive without much threat due to recycling efforts.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals.
  • A used aluminum can may be recycled and back on the grocery store shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.
  • Every bit of recycling makes a difference...please do your part!
    Sources: National Recycling Coalition (NCR), United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth911. 

single stream recycle cart
Curbside Single Stream Recycling Program

U. City residents are encouraged to participate in the city’s weekly curbside recycling program. Recycling is collected once a week at the front curb on the same day as trash and yard waste collection. Currently U. City recycles about 30 percent of the city’s solid waste, which is an annual goal.

All about single stream recycling. You can recycle in 3 easy steps:


  1. Place all acceptable items inside the cart. The automated trucks will not collect items on the street or curb. Rinse containers to reduce any pests or rodents from entering the cart.
  2. Roll your cart to the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day, or after 5 p.m. on the day before your scheduled collection day. Trucks begin collection at 7 a.m.
  3. Return the cart back behind your front building line when empty, but not later than 9 p.m. on the scheduled collection day. Please keep the lid closed when not in use. 

        General guidelines to follow: 

        • Please do not overload your cart. Materials spilling from overloaded carts may litter the street. Overloaded carts may not be emptied and you may be ticketed.

        • Place the cart no more than 4 feet from the curb for collection. Carts can be placed on the street, as close to the curb as possible, only if it is safe to do so.

        • Make sure there are no obstructions within 4 feet of the cart (i.e. another cart, parked car, street light, tree, etc.).
        • Contact the Public Works and Parks Department if the cart is damaged (lids, wheels or body). The City will first try to repair the cart. If the cart cannot be repaired, it will be replaced.
        • Contact the Public Works and Parks Department at 314-505-8560, if you need a recycling cart. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for delivery. 





      Recycling collection facts:
      Recycling is collected once a week at the curbside as part of our City-wide solid waste collection services. Refer to the Sanitation Route Map and Schedule to determine your trash and recycling collection day.

      Click here to download the list of recycling materials accepted by University City Single Stream Recycling Materials List.








      single stream recycling collectionBlue Single Stream Recycling Cart

      It is not necessary to sort the items, but please rinse them. Lids can be left on containers. We accept,

      ·         Aluminum, tin/steel cans, newspaper, magazines, office paper, telephone books and envelopes

      ·         Cardboard (tear in small pieces and place inside the cart), cereal and food mix boxes, milk/juice cartons, paper egg cartons, glass jars and bottles, all plastic containers #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7

      Click here to download the list of acceptable recyclable materials


      Materials not accepted: #6 plastic containers, Styrofoam or expanded foam in the cart, dirty containers, construction materials, trash, aluminum foil or pans, ceramic dishes, paint cans, dishes, food waste, batteries, used auto parts, motor oil, clothing, shoes and bedding. 


      Single Stream Recycling Cart

      Residents in multi-family homes may recycle the same items by placing them in the yellow or blue marked recycling carts.

      ·         Newspapers

      ·         Magazines, Junk mail

      ·         Waxy cardboard containers (milk and juice cartons) aseptic packaging, gable top containers

      ·         Office paper

      ·         Other paper fiber-based material should be clean and dry with no plastic bags or strings

      All recyclable items can also be dropped off at the self-service Recycling Drop-off Center located in the rear parking lot of 975 Pennsylvania.

      Cardboard Recycling: For collection at your curbside, cardboard must be placed inside the recycling cart. It should be torn or cut into pieces that fit inside the cart. If you have cardboard that won't fit inside the cart, please take it to the free 24-hour, outdoor University City Recycling Drop-off Center located in the rear parking lot of 975 Pennsylvania, open 7 days a week. The City will only pick up items inside the single stream recycling cart.

      Household Chemical and Hazardous Materials Collection Program
      The improper disposal of leftover household chemicals (paint, fuel, motor oils, etc,) can be harmful to the environment and to public health. The best way to properly manage leftover household chemicals is to use them or give them to someone else to use. Not all leftovers can be shared or recycled. As a safe alternative, bring them to one a drop-off location. Saint Louis County Department of Health is developing a network of permanent household chemical drop-off locations that will be open on a routine schedule. The permanent program will be more cost-effective and more convenient, but residents can expect some changes.

      Visit the St. Louis County web page for more information on the permanent drop-off program.

      Please don't create waste in the first place by:
      only as much of a product as needed and use products up entirely when possible.
      Store properly to maintain products in useable condition.
      Share or swap leftovers with others who can use them.
      Recycle whenever you can.

      Thank you for your interest in protecting public health and our environment. Please check back for progress on the permanent program and if scheduled, dates for one-day household chemical collection events.

      Unused Medicine? A responsible disposal option is available!
      Help protect our environment and your health by properly disposing of unused medicines. The Missouri Prescription and Pill and Drug and Disposal (Missouri P2D2) gives you a safe way to dispose of unused medicines at secure collection boxes in local police stations, protecting our health and our environment. For a list of accepted items and medicine collection box locations visit the website at

      Do you need to donate furniture, clothing, appliances or other household items? Check out this list of charities available on the St. Louis City website that may accept your items for "Reuse" Donate Household Items to Charity



      Materials placed in U. City containers become the property of U. City and any removal of materials from containers is in direct violation of the city ordinance.


      Recycling Drop-off Center 
      recycling drop off center                  

      The center is located at:


      North Rear Parking Lot

      Heman Park Community Center

      975 Pennsylvania

      University City, MO 63130


      It is accessible during daylight hours. Residents may drop-off:

      ·         Plastic, Glass, Steel, Tin and Aluminum containers (glass; tin/steel cans; aluminum cans; plastics with the recycle code #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7, #6 polystyrene is not recyclable at this time. Please do not place #6 plastic, styrofoam or other items).

      ·         Telephone books and paper back books, no hard cover books

      ·         Cell phones

      ·         Corrugated cardboard, chipboard, cereal boxes, waxy cardboard containers

      ·         Beverage containers, aseptic packaging, gable top containers (milk & juice cartons)

      ·         Newsprint, glossy magazines, junk mail, office paper (drop in large blue container)

      ·         Textiles, including clothing, shoes and towels

      Recycling Electronics

      Recycle electronics by contacting local electronic recycling vendors and other E-cycle St. Louis participating agencies in the area or participate in special e-cycle events. Please visit the E-cycle St. Louis website at to find an electronics recycling vendor near you and to learn more about their fees and hours of operation. 

      Electronic Recycling Events are scheduled throughout the year in various locations in Missouri. Please click the Events and Activities tab on the St. Louis Green website to find an event near you.

      Recycle consumer electronic items at Best Buy. Visit and type Recycling in the search box for a list of acceptable electronic items for Missouri locations. 

      Recycle electronics with the Midwest Recycling Center



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