Recycling (Blue Bin) Same as Household. Always recycle common household items like paper, cardboard, and food or beverage bottles, cans and cartons in your Blue Bin. Never put plastic bags, Styrofoam, food waste or sharps in your Blue Bin. Keep recyclables loose, clean and dry. Always flatten cardboard. (No feces.) Visit Brightside St Louis for more details.
The City picks up large/bulky items, batteries, appliances, and tires monthly. These items (not more than 3) must be out by 6 AM on the Monday of the collection week. Pickup will occur by Friday of that same week. Those with roll carts should place their bulk items by the curb. Those with alley collection should place their bulk items behind their own property and keep them 3 feet away from refuse containers. Do not lean on a neighbor's fence or property.
Place loose items in a container or tie in a bundle. If you have more than this, you can take to a residential dumping station or hold the excess on your property until the next bulk pickup. This is also the time to recycle your B.O.A.T.-E items--Batteries-Oil-Appliances-Tires-Electronics.
Additional information is found at the City of St Louis Refuse page.
The City of St Louis does not allow feces to be placed in Yard Waste bins/roll carts. The Yard Waste bins are for typical yard waste--lawn clippings, leaves, branches--that is recycled (not composted) into mulch. Pet feces can wreak havoc on aquatic plants and the public's health. Don't allow your pet's waste to find its way into waterways, such as the rivers that surround us.
How to Dispose of Pet Waste. The City of St Louis allows feces disposal in the gray/brown trash bin. Place in a tightly tied plastic bag--or two--to keep the contents from leaching into the earth. Need an alternative? Try a pet waste compost bin using compost friendly waste bags. A mini septic system can help solve the pet waste issue. (A mid-sized dog will produce an estimated 500 pounds of feces every year.) Make sure to clean up dog waste in your yard frequently--especially in spring, summer and fall--since that smell travels well beyond your small urban yard.