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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Recycle Works Central Now Accepts HHW from Residents

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July 5, 2022

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Today, the St. Charles County Division of Environmental Health and Protection reopens the collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials at Recycle Works Central, located at 60 Triad South Drive in St. Charles.

How to Safely Dispose of HHW through Recycle Works Central

St. Charles County residents may bring HHW items to Recycle Works Central for safe and proper disposal between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, until Sept. 30, 2022. There is a $25 fee (payable by cash or check only) for loads up to 50 pounds and an additional $1 fee for each pound of material over 50. 

To ensure safety, please follow these precautions when loading and transporting HHW for collection:

  1. When possible, leave the material in its original container. Items not in original packaging should be labeled clearly with a description of contents.
  2. Secure the lid tightly. 
  3. Do not mix waste with other materials. Mixed waste in plastic bags or other containers cannot be accepted.
  4. Place secured containers inside a box lined with newspapers. Fill gaps between containers with additional newspaper to help prevent spilling or tipping during transport.
  5. Place the box in the trunk of your vehicle and transport it to the facility.
  6. Upon arrival, follow posted instructions and remain inside your vehicle until assisted.

“When residents declutter, they often discover cans from old painting projects, leftover pesticides, and unwanted automobile fluids,” Ryan Tilley, Director for St. Charles County’s Division of Environmental Health and Protection notes. “If these or other hazardous materials were thrown in the trash — or worse yet, dumped on the ground or into sewers or waterways — they could harm the environment and poison people or their pets. Since beginning this program in 2005, we have safely disposed of more than 700,000 pounds of hazardous material to protect our community and preserve our planet.”

Additional Items Collected

Along with HHW, Recycle Works complements curbside recycling efforts and accepts many items at little to no cost to St. Charles County residents. Residents may bring these materials to Recycle Works Central:

  • Traditional Recyclables: While aluminum cans are the most commonly recycled item, Recycle Works also accepts tin cans, most plastics, clean and useable clothing or other textiles, cardboard and dry paper goods, and more at no charge.
  • Electronic Goods: Items accepted include appliances, computers and accessories, televisions and more. Some materials are recycled at no charge, while others require a per unit fee.
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Up to five fluorescent bulbs per month can be recycled by St. Charles County residents at no charge. Additional bulbs and those brought in by commercial organizations are charged a per unit fee.

For a complete list of items accepted, visit sccmo.org/RWCentral or call 636-949-1800.

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Media Contact: Doug Bolnick, Department of Public Health Public Information Officer, 636-949-7408


About St. Charles County’s Division of Environmental Health and Protection

The Division of Environmental Health and Protection works with residents, area businesses and local organizations to promote healthy conditions in St. Charles County. Throughout the year, division staff inspects and licenses food and other public service providers, operates a robust recycling program and implements the county’s mosquito control measures to prevent the spread of disease. To learn how the division helps to ensure the community’s well-being, please call 636-949-1800 or visit sccmo.org/Environmental.

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