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The City of Washington is excited to announce a refuse and recycling partnership with Waste Connections, Inc.!  The new service will start June 1, 2020.  Click here for FAQs and 2020 Recycling Calendar.  We hope it answers some of your questions and provides you with information as we move forward together.  Should you have any further questions, please contact Waste Connections at 636-321-2100 or the Public Works Department at 636-390-1032.

Christmas trees may be dropped off at the Compost/Recycling Center during normal business hours.

A special collection for trees throughout town will be done Monday, January 6, 2020.  Trees must be placed curbside by 5 a.m.  If the collection is missed, trees will be picked up on your normal scheduled Leaf/Limb pickup day.  Please remove stands, lights and ornaments.

Place cart at the curb by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Monday – Area 1:
•East of and including Penn Street to east City limits, north of and including Ninth Street to the river
•East of and including International Avenue and east of and including Hara Lane to east City limits

Tuesday – Area 2:
•South of Ninth Street and from Highway 47 to Highway 100
•South of Jefferson Street and Eighth Street intersection (including both sides of Jefferson Street and Highway A), and east of Hara Lane and South of Highway 100

Wednesday – Area 3:
•North of and including Ninth Street from Jefferson Street to Penn Street
•South of Ninth Street, North of Highway 100 between Highway 47 and International Avenue

Thursday – Area 4:
•North of Fifth Street (except Windy Hills) and west of Jefferson Street to west City limits

Friday, Area 5:
•Windy Hills Subdivision
•South of and including Fifth Street, west of Jefferson Street to west City limits

Contamination Issues:
Contamination occurs in recycling when non-recyclables are placed in the recycling container.  Contamination can include anything from food and liquid waste to plastic bags.  Without your help through individual action, recycling will continue to become less profitable and less possible.  Understanding the importance of proper recycling and being mindful of what you toss in the container, is the first step to reducing contamination.

Please call Waste Connections Customer Care Center at (636) 321-2100 or email to schedule services or request more information.

1.  Tree trimmings must be no more than 6″ in diameter, no more than 6′ in length and are not required to be bound with rope or twine.
2.  Leaves can be in biodegradable bags or emptied from your container.  No cardboard or plastic bags.
3.  No stumps or bushes with intact root balls will be accepted.
4.  Commercial haulers depositing yard waste will be charged $2.00 per cubic yard fee.  A regular size pickup holds approximately 2 cubic yards.

As conditions warrant, two (2) loads of compost are available to residents living in the 63090 zip code.





Waste Wizard for Residential Customers – search for any item you are not 100% sure that you can put in your Waste Connections curbside collection.  To keep us all safer and to preserve the value of recyclables, please only place approved items in your residential containers.
Waste Wizard

When preparing recycling for pickup, please follow these guidelines carefully:
•Flatten all cardboard boxes
•Empty and rinse all containers; do not flatten containers
•Do not place items in plastic bags

Accepted Recyclables:
•Aerosol cans (empty)
•Aluminum foil, pie pans (2″ or larger, clean)
•Cereal/soda boxes
•Corrugated cardboard (max. 12″ x 24″ per piece)
•Detergent bottles, screw-on caps are allowed
•Glass bottles and jars
•Metals, steel cans, aluminium cans
•Milk jugs, butter/margarine containers, pop/water bottles
•Paper egg cartons
•Paper, junk mail, magazines, newspapers (glossy inserts okay)
•Plastic, plastic containers (#1 – #7 on bottom)

Prohibited Items:
•Ceramics, or Pyrex®
•Glass, including window glass
•Hard-cover books
•Hazardous or bio-hazardous waste
•Kraft® (orange or brown) envelopes
•Loose lids
•Light bulbs, plates or vases
•Microwave trays
•Needles or syringes
•Paper ream wrappers
•Paper to-go containers
•Plastic bags, 6-pack holders, plastic tops, and other non-listed plastics
•Scrap metal
•Shredded paper (acceptable if bagged)
•Stickers or sheets of address labels
•Tissues, paper towels, napkins
•Tyvek® envelopes
•Waxed paper or waxed cardboard
•Window glass

Please call Waste Connections Customer Care Center at (636) 321-2100 or email to schedule services or request more information.

The City of Washington and MRC Recycling will be hosting an E-Cycle Collection Event on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Fairgrounds Swine Pavilion.
E-Cycle Event

•Computers and components
•Office equipment
•Communication equipment
•Electronic equipment
•Toaster Ovens
•Phones (including cell)
•Vacuum Cleaners

All appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerators, etc.) can be dropped off at the Recycle Center during normal business hours.

Project Milestones

Task NameDate
Underground UtilitiesMonday, August 24, 2020
Bath HouseTuesday, September 8, 2020
Pour Pool Floor - Phase 1Thursday, September 24, 2020
Place WallsMonday, November 2, 2020
Slide & Shade Structure Footings & PiersMonday, December 28, 2020
Install Slides, Shade Structures & Play FeaturesTuesday, January 12, 2021
Spray PadTuesday, January 26, 2021
Pour DecksTuesday, March 9, 2021
Parking Lot WorkMonday, April 12, 2021
Pool Prep, Finish & CureTuesday, March 30, 2021
Install Deck EquipmentTuesday, April 13, 2021
Fill, Start Up & CommissionTuesday, April 27, 2021
Opening DaySaturday, May 22, 2021
*Project is weather and temperature dependent

If you need to dispose of electronics in between collections, please call (636) 390-1032 to find out additional drop off locations.

Place cart at the curb by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Waste Connections does not operate on the below holidays.  On weekdays following a holiday, residential service is delayed one business day.

For example, there is no service on the Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, so residential collections will be on Friday and Saturday versus Thursday and Friday.

2020 Recycle Holiday Schedule

Memorial DayMondayMay 25, 2020Collections 1 Day Delay All Week
Labor DayMondaySeptember 7, 2020Collections 1 Day Delay All Week
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 26, 2020Thursday-Friday Collections 1 Day Delay
Christmas DayFridayDecember 25, 2020Friday Collections 1 Day Delay
New Year's DayFridayJanuary 1, 2021Friday Collections 1 Day Delay

Please call Waste Connections Customer Care Center at (636) 321-2100 or email to schedule services or request more information.

Compost/Recycling Center Regular Hours

Tuesday10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

2020 Compost/Recycling Center Holiday Hours

01/01/20New Year's Day01/01/20CLOSED
01/20/20Martin Luther King Jr. Day01/20/20CLOSED
02/17/20President's Day02/17/20CLOSED
04/10/20Good Friday (1/2 Day)04/10/208 a.m. - 12 p.m.
05/25/20Memorial Day05/25/20CLOSED
07/03/20Day before Independence Day07/03/208 a.m. - 12 p.m.
07/04/20Independence Day07/04/20CLOSED
09/07/20Labor Day09/07/20CLOSED
11/11/20Veterans Day11/11/20CLOSED
11/27/20Day After Thanksgiving11/27/20CLOSED
12/24/20Christmas Eve (1/2 Day)12/24/208 a.m. - 12 p.m.
12/25/20Christmas Day12/25/20CLOSED
01/01/21New Year's Day01/01/21CLOSED

Large appliances including: stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, water heaters, scrap metal, etc., will be accepted at the Compost/Recycling Center during normal hours of operation.  All appliances/scrap metal must be placed in the trailer provided. No fencing or barbed wire.

If you are not sure if the item you plan to dispose of can be placed in the scrap metal trailer, please call (636) 390-1032.


With the exception of holiday weeks, the following curbside collection will be performed on Mondays as follows:

Ward 1First Monday of the Month
Ward 2Second Monday of the Month
Ward 3Third Monday of the Month
Ward 4Fourth Monday of the Month

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  1. All leaves/limbs must be placed at the curb or at your normal trash collection point by 5 a.m. of the scheduled curbside collection day or set out the night before.
  2. Tree trimmings must be no more than 6″ in diameter and 4′ in length, and in an amount not to exceed one 4’ long x 2’ high x 2’ wide bundle.  Bundles must be bound with rope or twine.  No plastic or wire ties acceptable.
  3. Leaves must be put in biodegradable “paper bags” or in containers that can be picked up and dumped by one person. Bags can be purchased at local hardware stores.
  4. No grass clippings will be picked up curbside.  Grass clippings can be deposited at the Recycle Center.
  5. LEAF VAC: Late in the fall of the year, when notice is given, leaves can be raked to the edge of your property; not in the street.


Crews will conduct two (2) rounds of leaf pickups for residents this year.  Click here for additional information.

Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb, but not place them in the streets, gutters or on sidewalks.  Residents are also asked to not park vehicles near the piles of leaves to make it easier for crews to pick up.  If vehicles are parked on or too close to the pile, those leaves will be left and picked up on the second round as long as the vehicle is moved.

You can also bring your leaves to the Recycling Center at 400 Recycle Drive, if you miss the curbside pickup.
Recycling Center Hours

Used motor oil will be accepted at the Compost/Recycling Center during normal hours of operation.

  • No mixed oil will be accepted, tests may be performed to verify its strictly motor oil
  • There is a five (5) gallon drop off limit unless authorized by the Street Superintendent
  • Residents will be required to sign the log sheet
  • Oil must be in containers that are easily dumped
  • Containers must be taken with you once emptied