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Nov 15

St. Charles County Recycles

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 2:36 PM by Doug Bolnick


The movement of “Going Green” promotes the concept of living in a sustainable manner, with the intent of conserving non-renewable resources. The Division of Environmental Health and Protection strongly supports the mantra Reduce, Re-Use, and Recycle and encourages those in our community to do the same. To extend the movement, the division joins others in recognizing America Recycles Day on November 15 each year.

Why Consider Recycling
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Producing, distributing and consuming new items require a large amount of energy and deplete the amount of raw materials available in the future. By renewing or re-using existing goods, we give new life to current products and reduce the amount of waste created. In addition, the recycling process builds community partnerships, creates industry and saves money.

Where Can You Recycle in St. Charles County?

In addition to curbside programs in many municipalities, the Division of Environmental Health and Protection operates two Recycle Works locations that collect a wide variety of material from residents. These convenient drop-off locations accept most of those items at little or no cost. The locations are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the year, except on specified holidays.
  • Recycle Works Central - Located at 60 Triad South Drive in St. Charles (off Central School Road, near Kisker)
  • Recycle Works West - Located at 2110 East Pitman Avenue in Wentzville (near the GM Plant)

Did You Know?

About 80 percent of what is used every day is recyclable. Here are a few more fun facts about recycling:
  1. The average American uses about 650 pounds of paper each year, and, which is comparable to chopping down about seven large trees per person.
  2. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil and 60 pounds of air pollution. If left alone, those trees could remove 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.
  3. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours. If recycled, that can is able to be reproduced and returned to the grocery shelf in less than 60 days after consumption.
  4. On average, each person produces about 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day – which amounts to nearly one ton of trash per person in a year.

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