How to Help Recycling Efforts

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.

“Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle” is a community-wide effort that all of us can follow to protect natural resources. 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:



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. Complete our online application or call 636-949-1800 if you have ideas for group volunteer projects or would like to help with projects such as:

  • Storm drain stenciling
  • Community outreach
  • 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 a task force of appointed county residents that examines environmental issues and goals. Visit our website for more information on this commission.

Steps to Protecting our Environment

Make simple lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

For 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 for possible resale.
  • Purchase reusable grocery sacks instead of paper or plastic.
  • Go digital wherever possible and avoid unnecessary printing.
  • Buy products that are 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.

For 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 or commercial outfits.
  • 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 for possible resale or re-use.
  • Provide incentives to employees for carpooling or using public transit.