The average home stores nearly 100 pounds of hazardous materials, including cleaning supplies, oil-based paints*, lawn care products, automobile fluids and pesticides. Improper disposal of these products — pouring down a drain, tossing in unacceptable trash receptacles, emptying into storm sewers or dumping on the ground — poses a health risk to our community.
*Please note that latex paints are not accepted.
Where to Recycle Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in St. Charles County?
Both Recycle Works locations accept household hazardous waste (HHW) materials from St. Charles County residents. There is a $25 fee (payable by cash or check only) for loads up to 50 pounds, with an additional charge of $1 per pound over 50. If you have questions, please call 636-949-1800.
Please Note: The Recycle Works facilities’ offices are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff remains readily accessible by phone.
At this time: Items that require payment or help to unload will not be accepted; this includes televisions, computers, miscellaneous electronics, bulbs, appliances, and Household Hazardous Waste. Recyclables still accepted at both facilities include paper, cardboard, plastic, tin, aluminum, clothing, oil, antifreeze, and cooking oil that can be unloaded by residents themselves. For more information on other County building closures, visit sccmo.org/COVID.
Recycle Works Central (60 Triad South Drive in St. Charles) accepts HHW material from May 1 through September 30. Collection hours run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and on the last Saturday of the month, with no appointment necessary.
Recycle Works West (2110 East Pitman Avenue in Wentzville) accepts HHW throughout the year. Collection hours run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, with no appointment necessary.
Bringing HHW to Recycle Works Facilities
To ensure safety, please follow these precautions when loading and transporting HHW for collection:
When possible, leave the material in its original container. Any item not in original packaging should be labeled clearly with a description of the content.
Secure the lid tightly. Do not mix waste with other materials. Recycle Works locations will not accept mixed waste in plastic bags or other containers.
Place secured container inside a box lined with newspapers. Fill any gaps with additional newspaper to help prevent spilling or tipping during transport.
Place the box in the trunk of your vehicle and transport it to the closest Recycle Works location.
Upon arrival at the facility, follow posted instructions and remain inside your vehicle until assisted.