Recycling in Wentzville
CURBSIDE FIBER COLLECTION IS NOW AVAILABLE! To learn more about the new optional program, click here. To sign up, please visit bit.ly/curbsidefibersignup.
NEW DROP-OFF SITES ANNOUNCED – CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
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.
FIBER CURBSIDE COLLECTION
Wentzville residents can OPT-IN to recycle both RIGIDS and FIBER at the curb. Fiber will be collected curbside every other week at a rate of $2.50/month (RIGIDS will continue to be collected weekly at no additional cost). When you sign up for the curbside fiber collection program, you will receive a smaller cart for your weekly rigid pickup and the hauler will convert your current recycling cart to a FIBER-only cart.
RIGIDS – plastics and metals – will continue to be collected weekly, while FIBER – cardboard and paper – will be collected every other week. If you would like to participate in the FIBER curbside recycling program, please call (636) 327-5102.
SCHEDULE: If you've already opted-in to the curbside FIBER program, you can view the collection schedule (calendar) here.
Please keep in mind, the curbside FIBER program is completely optional. Items can continue to be taken to drop-off sites around the City. View drop-off site locations and additional frequently asked questions below.
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. 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 drop-off site locations, please click here.
• 802 E. Pearce Blvd. (behind the Water Tower)
• 15268 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. (next to the BP Gas Station)
• 1019 Schroeder Creek Blvd. (adjacent to the Law Enforcement Center)
• St. Charles County's Recycle Works West (2110 E. Pitman Ave.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's accepted for curbside collection?
Help us recycle responsibly and prevent contamination by only placing these clean items together in your recycling cart.
At no additional cost, RIGIDS can be recycled curbside. RIGIDS include:
- Metals – aluminum, tin and steel cans
- Plastics – clear or colored (not black) labeled #1, #2, #3, #5 and #7
For a $2.50 charge, you can add bi-weekly FIBER curbside collection. To signup for FIBER collection, please click here. FIBER collection includes:
What's no longer accepted at the curb?
At no charge, you can recycle RIGIDS at the curb (including plastics #1, 2, 3, 5 & 7) and metals. For $2.50 per month, you can also add on biweekly pick up of FIBER at the curb (cardboard and paper). However, these items (plus glass) can be taken to drop-off locations. Click here to view drop-off locations. Don’t forget: items such as plastic bags and Styrofoam are also not accepted for recycling.
Why all of the changes?
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?
Meridian Waste Inc. mananges multiple containers at several local recycling drop-off sites for Wentzville residents. These sites serve as collection locations for glass, cardboard and mixed paper. 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.)
Click here to view drop-off sites.
Will my rates change?
At no charge, you can continue to recycle RIGIDS at the curb (including plastics #1, 2, 3, 5 & 7) and metals.
For $2.50 per month, you can also add on biweekly pick up of FIBER at the curb (cardboard and paper). To sign up for curbside FIBER collection, please click here.
FIBER including cardboard and paper (plus glass) can also be taken to drop-off locations, free of charge. Click here to view drop-off locations.
What if I don't want to recycle anymore, can you pick up my cart?
You can schedule to have your recycling cart picked up, but please keep in mind that the RIGIDS 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?
Items should not be bagged.
In your RIGIDS cart, 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 the RIGIDS cart together.
If you opt-in to receive FIBER collection, all of your paper and cardboard can go in the FIBER 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?
Depending on the material, Wentzville's recycling is being taken by Meridian to three local Materials Recovery Facilities (or MRFs) in Bridgeton, St. Louis and St. Peters.
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.
Why is there now a charge for curbside FIBER collection?
FIBER is less valuable in the marketplace compared to RIGIDS; however, the City and Meridian are committed to recycling. The $2.50 charge covers the cost of convenient curbside pickup. Residents can still drop off items at locations around the City at no cost. To find the drop-off site closest to you, please click here.
The change to dual-stream recycling helps decrease contamination and ensures the majority of the items collected curbside can be recycled. Since the new guidelines were implemented, 100 percent of our curbside recycling has been accepted. This means our recycling stream is clean and residents are recycling responsibly and correctly.
Where can I find a FIBER collection schedule?
FIBER (paper & cardboard) will be picked up every other week.
If you've opted-in to curbside FIBER collection and would like to view the complete schedule, please click here.
How many carts could one household have?
Depending on the services you are signed up for, you could have up to four carts:
1) Trash cart (95 gal.)
2) FIBER cart - cardboard and paper (65 gal.)
3) RIGIDS cart - metal and plastics (35 gal.)
4) Yard Waste (95 gal.)
What about glass?
Glass can continue to be taken to a local drop-off location. To view a list of drop-off locations (including new and changing locations), please visit here.
Unfortunately, the value of glass is very low since it must be cleaned and color-sorted before it can be recycled. Often, glass contaminates the recycling load and keeps other items from being recycled. So, it's best if we keep the glass stream completed separated (or put in the trash if absolutely necessary).