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Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the City of Washington will be suspending curbside recycling immediately. Sorting at the curb of all recyclables has added risk of exposure for our workers and the community. We will continue to leave the recycling center open for those who wish to recycle and take the items at their convenience. Please place all your solid waste in your weekly trash.

As we continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to suspend the E-Cycle Event (April 18th) and Big Trash Week (April 20th – 24th).  The reschedule date is To Be Determined (TBD).  This decision does not affect residential trash pickup. 

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.

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.

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.






1.  Sign up for a new recycle bin at the #4 Chamber Drive, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
2.  All residents are issued one (1) bin when they sign up and if they want an additional container, there is a $15.00 fee.  Most residents get by with one (1) bin.
3.  Should you damage or run over your bin, there is a $15.00 fee for a replacement.
4.  If you move from your residence, please leave the recycling bin at your address for the next resident to use.

1.  Recycling bins should be placed out to the curb by 5 a.m. on your scheduled day of pickup or set out the night before.
2.  Curbside containers must be the green bins issued with the City of Washington Logo on them.
3.  Do not use plastic bags to separate your recyclables as the bins are sorted directly into the truck at curbside.
4.  Recycle bins are for recycling items only.  No trash or yard waste.
5.  All containers must be emptied of all food or liquids to eliminate contamination.
6.  If you need more room in your recycle bin, you can flatten the containers.

1.  Office paper stock
2.  Corrugated cardboard
3.  Yard waste – City of Washington residents only
4.  Used motor oil – straight motor oil with no additives or mixtures
5.  Scrap metal – appliances, lawnmowers, bikes, post, etc.






•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.

CRT Monitors$5.00 each
CRT TV's 26" or less$30.00 each
CRT TV's 27" or greater$50.00 each
Wood Console & True Big Screen/Projection TV's$50.00 each
LED/LCD/Plasma TV's$20.00 each
Any Freon Containing Unit$10.00 each

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

2020 Curbside Recycle Holiday Schedule

01/01/20New Year's Day01/01/20Wednesday & Thursday on Thursday
01/20/20Martin Luther King Jr. Day01/20/20Monday & Tuesday on Tuesday
02/17/20President's Day02/17/20Monday & Tuesday on Tuesday
04/10/20Good Friday (1/2 Day)04/10/20Friday on Friday
05/25/20Memorial Day05/25/20Monday & Tuesday on Tuesday
07/04/20Independence Day07/03/20Thursday and Friday on Thursday
09/07/20Labor Day09/07/20Monday & Tuesday on Tuesday
11/11/20Veterans Day11/11/20Wednesday & Thursday on Thursday
11/26/20Thanksgiving11/26/20Wednesday & Thursday on Wednesday
11/27/20Day After Thanksgiving11/27/20Friday on Friday
12/24/20Christmas Eve (1/2 Day)12/24/20Wednesday & Thursday on Wednesday
12/25/20Christmas Day12/25/20Friday on Thursday
01/01/21New Year's Day01/01/21Thursday & Friday on Thursday


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.

1.  #1 PETE (PET) Plastic Bottles (usually soda/water bottles, NO black or brown #1)  Empty container, rinse clean, caps can be left on, and containers can be flattened.

2.  #2 HDPE – Plastic bottles translucent (usually milk jugs), and colored (usually detergent bottles.)  Empty container, rinse clean, caps can be left on, and containers can be flattened.

3.  Glass – green, brown, and clear; bottle and jar glass only.  Empty container, rinse clean, remove all lids, metal lids can be recycled; leave in the bin.

4.  Tin Cans – empty cans, rinse clean, lids can be recycled as well, and cans can be flattened.

5.  Aluminum Cans – empty cans, rinse clean, and cans can be flattened.

6.  Newspaper –  newspaper and inserts only as delivered, no plastic, cardboard or mail.  Place in brown paper bag or bundle them with rope or twine.

7.  Magazines – less than 1″ thick.  Place in brown paper bag or bundle them with rope or twine.  Magazines and phone books can be placed in the same brown paper bag.

8.  Phone Books – place in brown paper bags or bundle them with rope or twine.  Phone books and magazines can be placed in the same brown paper bag.

9.  Office Paper Stock – copy paper, junk mail, envelopes, file folders, etc.  There are some restrictions, for details please call (636) 390-1032.

10.  Corrugated Cardboard – clean cardboard accepted from residents and businesses.

Please deposit recyclables in proper bin or area.

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