Recycling in Wentzville
YOUR RECYCLING PROGRAM CHANGED EFFECTIVE DEC. 1, 2018.
The recycling industry has faced significant challenges in 2018. These challenges have warranted several changes in recycling collection for cities around the world, especially “single-stream recyclers” like many cities in the St. Louis region.
China, which had been the world’s largest importer of recyclables, no longer accepts single-stream recyclable materials from the United States. Changes must now be made, as China was the primary market for single-stream materials. Because of this world-wide impact, Resource Management’s Earth City Materials Recovery Facility notified Meridian Waste, Inc. (the hauler for the City of Wentzville) that they will no longer accept single-stream recyclables collected curbside from our residential customers. As a result, there are several important changes to your recycling service. Here's a quick breakdown of the changes from Meridian Waste, Inc. Additional information will be sent out to customers directly from Meridian Waste, Inc. Wondering about why this change is happening or if your rates will change? Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
WHAT'S ACCEPTED CURBSIDE:
WHAT'S NO LONGER ACCEPTED:
DROP-OFF SITE LOCATIONS:
Meridian Waste Inc. has placed containers at several recycling drop-off sites for Wentzville residents. These sites will serve as collection locations for glass, cardboard and mixed paper — which are no longer accepted through Meridian’s curbside collection program. Mixed paper includes newspapers, magazines, junk mail, computer paper, telephone books, etc. (Note: Please do not include wrapping paper, as it typically includes a coating or metallic features.) By separating our streams we are able to decrease contamination, thereby allowing us to increase our recycling rate overall. Thank you for your commitment to recycling in Wentzville! For a map of the locations, click here.
• Site #1: Splash Station Aquatic Center (1141 Peine Rd.)
• Site #2: Formerly Car Credit City (15268 Veterans Memorial Pkwy.; next to the BP gas station)
• Site #3: Formerly Dee's Produce (1004 E. Pearce Blvd.; across from Pete's)
• Site #4: St. Charles County's Recycle Works West (2110 E. Pitman Ave.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's accepted for curbside collection?
Help us recycle right and prevent contamination by only placing these clean items together in your recycling cart.
- Metals – aluminum, tin and steel cans
- Plastics – clear or colored (not black) labeled #1, #2, #3, #5 and #7
What's no longer accepted at the curb?
Starting Dec. 1, no glass, paper or corrugated cardboard will be accepted. However, these items can be taken to drop-off locations such as Recycle Works West, which is located at 2110 E. Pitman Ave., Wentzville, MO 63385. You can learn more about accepted items on the St. Charles County website at https://www.sccmo.org/877/Recycle-Works-West. Don’t forget: items such as plastic bags and Styrofoam are also not accepted for recycling.
Why are items no longer accepted?
This change is unfortunate and not one that we wanted to make. Recycling is not going away. However, this is a period of change in the global recycling industry that has greatly affected single stream recycling. Many cities in the St. Louis region, as well as nationwide, are making similar changes to programs to reduce contamination. There is still a market for "clean" recyclables, which is why all recycled items must be clean before you put them together in your cart.
Where can I drop off items no longer collected curbside?
As of Nov. 30, Meridian Waste Inc. placed containers at two new recycling drop-off sites for Wentzville residents. These sites will serve as collection locations for glass, cardboard and mixed paper — which are no longer accepted through Meridian’s curbside collection program. Mixed paper includes newspapers, magazines, junk mail, computer paper, telephone books, etc. (Note: Please do not include wrapping paper, as it typically includes a coating or metallic features.)
• Site #1: Splash Station Aquatic Center (1141 Peine Rd.)
• Site #2: The intersection of Luetkenhaus and Pearce boulevards (across from Pete's Drive-In).
Don't forget, St. Charles County’s Recycle Works West facility (2110 E. Pitman Rd.) accepts these items and many more. To learn more, please visit https://www.sccmo.org/877/Recycle-Works-West. Additional site locations to be announced.
Will my rates change?
No, rates will not change or be reduced.
What if I don't want to recycle anymore, can you pick up my cart?
You can schedule for recycling cart pick up, but please keep in mind that a cart is included in the base rate for waste and recycling collection, so your rates will not be reduced. You are still strongly encouraged to recycle aluminum, tin and steel cans; and plastic items that are clear or colored (not black) with numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 on them.
Can I request an extra trash cart?
Yes, you can get a second trash cart for an additional $4 per month by calling (636) 327-5102.
I will have too much trash now. Can I schedule a second-day track pickup?
Yes, a second-day pickup for $15 per month can be scheduled by calling (636) 327-5102.
Do I need to bag my recyclables or separate them?
No. All accepted items (aluminum, tin and steel cans and plastic items that are clear or colored (not black) with numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 on them, can all be placed in your recycling cart together.
Is this only change only occurring in Wentzville?
Many cities in the St. Louis region, as well as nationwide, are making changes such as these to their curbside collection programs.
What if I'm not sure if an item is recyclable, or not?
Remember the phrase, “when in doubt, throw it out.” This will help keep items from contaminating our recycling stream.
Where are my recyclables going?
Meridian Waste, Inc., will be taking recyclables collected from Wentzville residents to a Material Recovery Facility outside of the local area.
What else can I do to be more green/sustainable?
The best way to make an impact as individuals is to reduce our waste consumption. Buy items that have little or no packaging, reuse items whenever possible, take items that can’t be recycled curbside to a designated drop-off site. Help educate others on this important topic to make recycling sustainable for future generations.