I shared some information about recycling with you in my last article, but I wanted to elaborate on some of the items I am continually asked about.
Why are we separating our recyclables now? Each day tons of recyclables are sorted at material recovery facilities – or MRFs – around the world. However, 25 percent of the items placed in recycling carts are not recyclable at all – they are trash. These are items like plastic bags, yard waste, garden hoses, construction debris and wire. Items like these can cause jams in the conveyor belt at the MRF and create an enormous problem: recycling contamination.
Recycling contamination happens when trash ruins otherwise good recyclables. For example, food or liquids placed in recycling carts will inevitably saturate paper and cardboard. Once contaminated, these items can no longer be recycled so they become trash. This is a global problem that is now directly affecting the St. Louis region as a whole, including Wentzville.
You can help by following a few simple guidelines. To prevent contamination, and to ensure these items can be recycled, they must be collected and processed separately. By offering curbside collection and separate drop-off sites, we can ensure that more items can be kept out of the landfill.
• Curbside Recycling: Recycle your clean and dry plastics (#1, #2, #3, #5 and #7) and aluminum, tin and steel cans. You may not fill up your cart every week, but we encourage you to keep these items out of your trash cart and, ultimately, out of the landfill. Remember to keep plastic bags, food waste and liquids out of your recycle cart.
• Drop-Off Sites: At home, you can also save your cardboard and mixed paper (including newspapers, phone books, junk mail, etc.), as well as glass, and intermittently take these items to one of the convenient drop-off sites in Wentzville (see below).
To learn more about what is accepted and not accepted, browse frequently asked questions, and learn about our residential drop-off sites, please visit bit.ly/recyclinginwentzville.
The sites below serve as drop-off locations for glass, cardboard and mixed paper — items which are no longer accepted through Meridian’s curbside collection program. Mixed paper includes newspapers, magazines, junk mail, computer paper, telephone books, etc. Don’t forget: when dropping off cardboard, boxes must be flattened. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process. If you have questions, please call Public Works at (636) 327-5102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned! Additional drop-off sites will soon be added to the City’s website at www.wentzvillemo.org.
• Splash Station Aquatic Center (1141 Peine Rd.)
• Formerly Dee’s Produce (1004 E. Pearce Blvd.)
• Recycle Works West (2110 E. Pitman Rd.)