City of St. Charles Recycling Program

The City’s refuse contractor collects and transports residential recyclables to recycling facilities. These items are accepted for recycling.

Visit the Other Recycling and Waste page for information about recycling:

  • Styrofoam & Polystyrene
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Medications and Medical Waste (sharps)
  • Electronics
  • Refrigerators
  • Books
  • Motor Oil
  • Household Hazardous Waste

What Can I Recycle?

The following items are accepted in the recycling program.

Recyclable Paper ProductsRigid ProductsRecyclable Plastics


  • Newspapers
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Office Paper
  • Paper Grocery Bags
  • Product Packaging
  • Telephone Books
  • Chipboard / Paperboard
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and cut in pieces no larger than 3' X 3'. Large amounts should be bundled with string.

  • Steel Cans
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Paint Cans (empty)
  • Aerosol Cans (empty)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Juice Boxes


Recycling codes
PETE (1)
Peanut butter jars, soft drink bottles
HDPE (2)
Milk jugs, laundry detergent jugs
PVC (3)
Vegetable oil bottles, window cleaners
LDPE (4)
Dry cleaning bags, bread bags, six pack rings
PP (5)
Yogurt cups, shampoo bottles, margarine tubs
Other (7)
Catsup bottles, microwave serving ware
Items That Cannot Be Recycled Through the Residential Collection Program
  • Motor oil, pesticides or chemicals and any containers that may hold such items
  • Plastic bags, packing peanuts, or plastic wrap
  • Polystyrene (code #6) such as egg cartons and meat trays
  • Batteries (Best Buy NO LONGER accepts dry cell batteries for recycling; they only accept rechargeable batteries)

Where can I get more information?

If in doubt whether something is recyclable or not, please contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems.

updated Oct 25, 2018