Green Programs

Conservation, waste reduction and recycling programs implemented within our community improve the quality of life and provide a better future for our children. In addition to saving energy, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and improving our environment, enacting these programs boosts the economy, creates jobs and saves money. Green strategies developed in St. Charles County are a great example of partnerships between government, private business and the public that benefit all involved.

Green programs in St. Charles County include:
  • Environmental Education - the division offers free, interactive programming for schools, businesses and groups.
  • Solid Waste Management - learn what is and what is not collected through the county’s trash haulers and how this impacts regional landfills.
  • Recycling - turn materials that would otherwise be waste into valuable resources that can be used again
  • Recycling Centers - to complement curbside recycling programs, St. Charles County offers 2 drop-off facilities that collect recyclable materials.
  • Household Hazardous Waste - beginning May 2016, both Recycle Works locations will now collect and safely dispose of these materials that may not be accepted by curbside recycling programs.
How Can You Help? Volunteer!
Whether you have an hour or a whole summer, you can help keep St. Charles County a beautiful place to live and work by lending a hand. Call us at 636-949-1800 if you have ideas for group volunteer projects or if you can help with projects such as:
  • Storm drain stenciling
  • Educational programs
  • Roadside litter pickup
  • Office assistance
  • Stream cleanups
Commission on Environmental Quality
St. Charles County Government makes sure that your voice is heard when it comes to environmental concerns. The Commission on Environmental Quality is an appointed task force of county residents that examines environmental issues and goals. Our online calendar lists upcoming meeting dates. View more information about environmental commission.

Protect Water Resources
  • Never litter or pour chemicals on the ground or in sewers. Sewers lead straight the nearest water body without being cleaned.
  • Landscape wisely. Select plants that don’t need extra water, fertilizer, or pesticides. Over-watering can leach fertilizers into ground water.
  • Clean up after your pets. Pet waste can contaminate surface water.
  • Form a stream team. Organize a group to help protect Missouri’s waterways.
  • Get involved. Many citizens, just like you, have formed local watershed alliances to work on water issues.
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, the "3 R's of Solid Waste Management," is an easy and effective circle that all of us can follow to help protect our environment. By reducing and reusing, we save natural resources and reduce costs involved with waste management. Through recycling, materials that would otherwise be left as waste can become valuable resources.
  • Reduce the waste we create in the first place,
  • Reuse all items you possibly can, and then,
  • Recycle what you can't reduce or reuse.