Residents can now recycle paper and cardboard 24/7 at two new locations: O’Fallon City Hall and the O’Fallon Justice Center! An additional location on the south side of the City will be added soon.
YOUR RECYCLING PROGRAM CHANGED ON OCTOBER 29, 2018
The recycling industry changed significantly in 2018, and it is now impacting cities around the world, especially communities like O'Fallon, who used to be "single stream” recyclers. China, which had been the world’s largest importer of recyclables, no longer allows single stream recyclable materials from the United States. O'Fallon was forced to change our program in order to continue recycling in our City.
Your cooperation is required in order to help us maintain our affordable rates.
The City of O’Fallon is now partnered with the City of St. Peters for recycling. As a result, the following rules are now in place for recycling in O'Fallon:
Allowed for curbside pickup
O’Fallon’s new curbside recycling program only pickS up the following items:
- Glass bottles and jars
- Aluminum cans
- Tin cans
- Plastic containers (clear or colored) with a recycle symbol on them (no black plastic, #4 or #6 please)
Click here to see what all of the numbers on recyclable plastics mean!
- All materials must be EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY or they will not be accepted/recycled!
- Do not bag your recycling!
Not allowed for curbside pickup
Paper and cardboard will now be accepted through our drop-off LOCATIONS only!
- Paper and cardboard will be collected for recycling at 24/7 at O'Fallon City Hall and the O'Fallon Justice Center. Look for other paper and cardboard drop-off options to be announced in 2019.
- Acceptable paper products include:
- Newspapers, inserts and magazines
- Telephone books
- Computer paper
- Junk mail
- Brown grocery bags
- Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes, small pieces of cardboard and pressed fiber (such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes and tissue boxes) will be accepted too, but these items must be kept separate from other paper products.
- When in doubt, throw it out! The items listed in the Allowed for Curbside Pickup section are the only items that may be recycled. As much as we might want everything to be recyclable, many things are not. In fact, making too many mistakes can cause even the good materials to go to the landfills. Instead of “wishful recycling,” if you are not sure about something, let it go to the landfill to avoid contamination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take the lids and labels off of plastic bottles, glass jars, etc.?
No. Lids and lables can stay on.
Should I bag my recycling?
Can I recycle the following items:
Aluminum foil NO
Aluminum pans NO
#4 or #6 plastic NO
Black plastic NO
Plastic bags NO. Although most grocery/department stores allow these bags to be recycled at their locations. They can not go in your cart, however.
What are O'Fallon's drop-off hours for cardboard and paper?
The drop-off locations at the Justice Center, City Hall and Renaud Center (opening February 2019) are available 24/7.
What should I use to bring the paper and cardboard in? Should I bundle it?
Anything that makes it easy on you. Paper grocery bags and cardboard boxes are an easy, ideal solution because those can be recycled alongside everything you bring in. However, you can bring your paper and cardboard in to us in any convenient bag, box, bin, etc. You will just dump it out when you get here.
Where do I take my paper and cardboard for recycling?
The O'Fallon Justice Center (1019 Bryan Road) and O'Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall, 100 North Main Street) have clearly labeled containers for each material. The Renaud Center will have a location in February 2019.
Please note, it is illegal to place anything into the containers but paper and cardboard. If in doubt, throw it away. The sites will be video-monitored and illegal dumping will be prosecuted. Should repeated contamination occur, these new recycling locations may be discontinued. Additionally, these containers are for resident use only. No commercial dumping is allowed!
Are there any other locations for paper/cardboard drop off?
Yes! St. Charles County Recycle Works in Wentzville and St. Peters Recycle City will take both paper and cardboard. Additionally, St. Peters offers several more cardboard drop-off locations. Residents are welcome to use these facilities, but please be sure to check their websites to ensure that you follow the local rules when you use sites outside of O'Fallon.
I don't recycle as much, can I get another trash cart?
You are able to recycle the same amount of items as before. The difference is paper and cardboard now need to be separated and brought to City Hall, the Justice Center and the Renaud Center (available February 2019) for drop off, rather than placing those items in your recycling carts. Because all of the same things are recyclable with this new program, you should not have additional trash.
Still, if you feel you need an additional trash cart, you may order one at an additional cost. Please call 636-272-0477 to order one.
Do I pay for my recycle bin?
No. You do not pay for your recycling cart or your 1st trash cart. You only pay the $5/$8 fee for a 2nd trash cart. The 1st trash cart and the recycling cart are included in your service free of charge.
Will not recycling save me money on my trash bill?
No. Your trash rate covers the cost of your trash service. Recycling is included at no additional charge. Whether you recycle or not, your rate will not go down. That being said, if too many residents do not recycle, your rates may eventually go up. One of the largest parts of your trash bill is the cost of putting trash in the landfills. This cost is charged on a per ton basis, meaning if the amount of trash going to the landfill increases, our costs will increase. Because trash service is 100% funded by your trash bill charges, these increases would have to be passed on to residents.
However, if our residents do their best to continue to recycle everything they can, we can keep our rates as low as possible.
Can I trade my recycle bin for a second trash bin?
No. You still need your recycle bin. If you feel you need an additional trash cart, you may order one at a cost or $5 per month for a 64 gallon container and $8 for a 96-gallon. However, everything you were recycling before is still recyclable. Admittedly, paper and cardboard can not be placed curbside, but we encourage you to really consider keeping these items out of the landfills by recycling!
Can we order additional trash containers? If so what is the price?
If you feel you need an additional trash cart, you may order one at a cost or $5 per month for a 64 gallon container and $8 for a 96-gallon. However, everything you were recycling before is still recyclable. Admittedly, paper and cardboard may be more of a challenge, but we encourage you to really consider keeping these items out of the landfills by recycling!
Can we cancel our recycling service?
You may choose not to recycle, but it’s included free of charge in your trash costs, so your rate will not change. We encourage you to keep recycling! Even just recycling those items you can still place in your bin (glass, plastic containers and aluminum and tin cans) is better than nothing. Keep recycling those items if nothing else.
Get directions to the paper and cardboard recycling
O'Fallon Justice Center at 1019 Bryan Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
O'Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) at 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366