About Recycle Responsibly

The Recycle Responsibly public education campaign, which launched in November 2018, has been developed by the OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group to draw attention to and educate residents about the increasing problem of contamination in the recycling stream. Recycling companies and their end customers – manufacturers -- are rejecting recyclables due to items such as plastic bags, food waste, and other unaccepted items ruining otherwise good materials. Residents and businesses need to know how to improve recycling habits, and we’re here to share what we know.

The Group is made up of sustainability and recycling professionals and includes the following entities:  East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Madison County, City of University City, Brightside St. Louis, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden, Republic Services, St. Louis Composting, St. Louis Earth Day, St. Louis Green Dining Alliance, Recycling on the Go, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University.

To help address the issues and find viable solutions, we have held a public awareness meeting, reached out to local media, and facilitated meetings with waste haulers, recycling processors and municipal and county government staffers. We are also developing social media and advertising messages and reaching out to area organizations and residents.

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