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Materials and Recycling

Target: Reduce the tonnage of waste going to landfills within our wasteshed by 30 percent by 2030 from a 2015 baseline.

Background: Waste reduction and diversion are sustainable practices that ensure efficient materials use and reduction of the amount of space and money devoted to landfills. The Materials and Recycling Working Group comprises multiple communities and organizations that work on waste reduction and recycling efforts.

The core of the Working Group is a representative group of approximately 12 people from several public and private entities. The Working Group will recruit an “advisory group”—to be called Waste Diversion Ambassadors—broken down into sectors that will be responsible for reaching out and communicating with the larger population of organizations that make up their sector.

Activities: The Working Group will focus on education, waste reduction infrastructure improvements, and policy advocacy.

Specific actions the group started in 2017 and will continue in 2018 include:

  • Creating a list of stakeholders through the Waste Diversion Ambassadors.
  • Creating a central, regional database for information on recycling and hard-to-recycle items.
  • Conduct a regional public outreach and education campaign on recycling.  Click HERE for information.
  • Create a regional task force to address changes in the global market for recyclable materials.  More info here.

What You Can Do:

  • Spreading the word about recycling responsibly is the most important thing you can do right now.  Keep up to date on the education campaign and inform your friends, relatives and neighbors about appropriately recycling materials.
  • Show your support for the effort by signing our endorsement at
  • If you are a part of a business or other institution related to the collection, sorting or processing of recyclable materials, sign up to be a Waste Diversion Ambassador by sending us a message here.
  • Follow the OneSTL Facebook page or sign up for the OneSTL Network to recieve our newsletter.

The following organizations Support* or Commit** to assisting with this Target.

Bi-State Development*
MBS Urban Initiaves CDE, LLC*
Global Products, Inc**
Renew Missouri*
Sitton Energy Solutions*
Washington University in St. Louis*
University City, MO*
Linda Goldstein Consulting*
The Nature Conservancy in Missouri*
Heartlands Conservancy*
Missouri Coalition for the Environment*
Citizens for Modern Transit*
US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter*
International Society of Sustainability Professionals StL Chapter**
Green Dining Alliance / St. Louis Earth Day**
Nine Network of Public Media**