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Recycling This Holiday Season


SantaBlueBagThe holidays bring celebrations and many opportunities to recycle. St. Peters’ Blue Bag recycling system, Recycle City and Earth Centre make it easy to recycle, even during the busy holiday season.

This is a time of year when recycling is especially important. We have a tendency to generate more trash, and in the busyness of the season we sometimes forget that much of what we throw out this time of year can be recycled.



Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper and Boxes

Wrapping paper and all those boxes can also be recycled. (Foil or foil lined wrapping paper cannot be recycled.) Large boxes can be flattened and placed directly into your trash cart.


Cans, Bottles and Jars

At your next holiday party, you might have a separate container to collect aluminum cans, and remember to recycle the glass beverage bottles and food jars also. For added convenience, line these containers with Blue Recycle Bags provided by the City of St. Peters. For those residents who want to separate the aluminum cans from their other containers, remember that Recycle City has a great buy-back price for aluminum. CLICK HERE for current rates. 

Light Strands 

ChristmasLightsSmallWhen putting up holiday decorations this year, chances are you will find some light strands that no longer work. Don’t throw these bad light strands in the trash. Recycle them! Not only do light strands add to landfill costs when thrown in the trash, they can wrap around sorting equipment at Recycle City and cause costly damage. 

Simply place the light strands in a Blue Bag and drop it in your trash cart for collection. Please do not place other recyclables in the same Blue Bag as the light strands.

Another option is to bring the non-working light strands to Recycle City. We’ve set up a special container at the drop-off center just for used light strands. Look for signage telling you which container to place the light strands in.

Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Tree Recycling

St. Peters residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the City’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program. This free service has been provided since 1989. When you are finished enjoying your live holiday tree, you can place it at the curb for normal yard waste pickup if you first cut the tree in half.


You also have the option to drop off your tree at Earth Centre, 115 Ecology Dr. 


Before recycling your tree, please remove all decorations, lights and stands from the tree.


Visit our Yard Waste Collection home page for updates on this program and opportunities for both residents and non-residents to recycle their live trees for free during the holiday season. 


Fall Decorations 


Along with Christmas trees, you can also recycle other common fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and bales of straw. Just place these items in your yard waste container on regularly scheduled yard waste collection days. These items can also be dropped off at Earth Centre.


Cooking Oil 

If you fry your holiday bird, don’t pour that used cooking oil down the drain. Bring your used cooking oil to Recycle City. Too often, grease and cooking oil are washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. It sticks to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the grease can build up and block the entire pipe causing costly damage. Sewer overflows and blockages can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.


Recycling used cooking oil is easy – just take it up to the Recylce City Drop-Off Center and empty the cooking oil into the designated receptacle, or leave the container with the cooking oil (container will not be returned). The drop-off center is open seven days a week for your convenience.




CLICK HERE to learn more about St. Peters' Blue Bag Recycling Program. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about what you can and can't recycle at Recycle City.



Take Mid Rivers Mall Drive north of I-70 to Ecology Drive. Turn right on Ecology Drive and follow until you see Recycle City on the left. Or, you can now take Spencer Road to Salt River Road, turn left onto Mid Rivers Mall Drive and then left on Ecology Drive. 

For more information, call 636-970-1456.