How to Help Recycling Efforts

“Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle” is a community-wide effort that involves a commitment from individuals, businesses and other organizations to make it a part of their daily routine. Using smaller portions and less material will decrease the amount of waste that ultimately ends up in regional landfills. Re-using items and finding new or creative uses for existing resources will and help to reduce costs and waste. Through recycling, natural resources are given new opportunities to assist us in the future. Below are a few ways that you can help to improve our community.

Individuals
  • Take part in your community’s recycling effort by using curbside haulers or bringing material to St. Charles County’s Recycle Works locations.
  • Remove your name from “junk” mail lists to reduce waste.
  • Reduce the amount of disposable plates, napkins, cups, and utensils used during meals.
  • Purchase rechargeable batteries and electronic devices.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs and turn off electricity when not in use.
  • Donate gently used goods to charity or bring to St. Charles County’s Recycle Works locations for possible resale.
  • Purchase reusable grocery sacks instead of paper or plastic.
  • Go digital wherever possible and avoid unnecessary printing.
  • Buy products that can be recyclable (cans, cardboard, plastics, etc.).
  • Set appliances at proper settings to maximize effectiveness.
  • Build a compost pile to re-use organic waste and reduce the use of fertilizers.
  • Volunteer to help St. Charles County’s recycling efforts.
Businesses
  • Make recycling effort a part of the company’s policy and mission for all employees.
  • Take part in your community’s recycling effort by using curbside haulers, commercial outfits, or bringing material to St. Charles County’s Recycle Works locations.
  • Purchase recycled material where possible and purchase in bulk to limit packaging waste.
  • Purchase recycled or rebuilt toner cartridges and recycle where possible.
  • Implement a digital workplace to limit printing and paper usage.
  • Make double-sided copies where possible and print drafts on scrap paper.
  • Check and cull mailing lists regularly to eliminate wasted postage.
  • Install motion sensors to turn off lights when not in use.
  • Place collection bins in offices and lunchrooms to encourage recycling.
  • Purchase re-manufactured business furniture and donate used materials to charity or St. Charles County’s Recycle Works locations for possible resale or re-use.
  • Provide incentives to employees for carpooling or using public transit.
Organizations
  • Select a champion to lead the organization’s efforts.
  • Make a list of what can be recycled and re-used.
  • Place collection bins throughout the organization to encourage recycling.
  • Educate followers on the importance of recycling.
  • Encourage followers to recycle through incentives and rewards.
  • Volunteer to help St. Charles County’s recycling efforts.