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Other Recycling and Waste

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.

Keep, Toss, Donate or Recycle

Springtime’s a Good Time to Clean Out Clutter

With spring comes spring cleaning. That usually prompts a call to us asking, “When is the City’s Spring Clean up Program?”

The Spring Clean up Program for St. Charles residents occurs every other year, pending City Council approval. We held the program last year. So 2020 is the earliest it would be offered again.

If you can’t wait until then to get rid of your stuff, we’ve assembled a list of places where you can repurpose, recycle and dispose of it:

General Items

The City Wide Garage Sale

Thank you from America in Bloom – St. Charles!

Thank you to everyone who properly recycled unused or broken holiday lights. We collected more than last year’s 1500 lbs.! But we can’t give you the actual total now. Head over to the America in Bloom - St. Charles Facebook page for the total and to see who won the Facebook Challenge by guessing closest to the total amount. Did you enter a guess? You could be a winner! Visit the America in Bloom - St. Charles Facebook page for details.

Two Free Weeks of Yard Waste Collection

Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste Notes

2 Weeks of Free Yard Waste Collection

To get a jump on spring yard clean up, during the weeks of March 18 & 25, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will pick up bagged yard waste on your normal refuse collection day for free - no sticker required.

Then, beginning April 1, regular yard waste collection will begin and stickers will be required.

Schedule - Curbside Refuse and Recycling Pickup

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
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

When scheduled collection falls on one of these holidays, collections are delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.