The City’s refuse contractor collects and transports residential recyclables to recycling facilities. These items are accepted for recycling.
Garbage and Refuse
Here you can find some local resources for recycling items not included in the City’s refuse contractor-sponsored recycling program. Local programs exist to recycle polystyrene, styrofoam, light bulbs, electronics including televisions, books, motor oil, batteries, and household hazardous waste, and dispose of medical waste and medications.
The City does not contract for collection of commercial refuse. Commercial refuse and recycling services are available through a number of licensed vendors with which businesses may contract independently.
Following is a complete and current list of licensed vendors. Please call the Public Works Office at 377-4405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Please Note: Curbside Collection of Bulk Items Suspended
Begining March 23, 2020, Lakeshore Recycling Systems has suspended the pickup of all bulk items. This means no collection of bulk items like mattresses, furniture, appliances and other large items. This will include large items that don't fit in a bag, can or cart. For more information contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 630.581.8650 or email StCharles@LRSrecycles.com
Beginning April 6, 2020, St. Charles residents can put food scraps and other organic composting materials out at the curb along with regular yard waste for collection. Lakeshore Recycling Systems, the City of St. Charles refuse/recycling contractor, will pick up the compost material on regular collection days.
How the Program Works
1. Mix the composting materials in with regular yard waste (grass, leaves, twigs) in either a:
The Curbside Refuse Pick Up Schedule is as follows for residents living within the city limits of St. Charles:
Residents living east of the river: Monday collection
Residents living west of the river: Tuesday collection
Refuse collection holidays are as follows:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4
- Labor Day
When scheduled collection falls on one of these holidays, collections are delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
Stickers for yardwaste bags/refuse and half-refuse bags (20 gallon) can be purchased at the following locations: