The City of Kirkwood accepts Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) for recycling at the Finance window at City Hall and at the Kirkwood Community Center. CFLs should not be placed in recycling carts or in regular trash bags for collection.  CFLs are hazardous waste.  The CFL exchange program, however, has been discontinued. Thank you!


Fluorescent lights (not CFLs) are hazardous waste and should be taken to the new St. Louis County Hazardous Household Waste site in South County.  To drop off fluorescent lights or other hazardous waste, you must first make an appointment.  Please visit their Website for additional information:

Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Missouri. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. To donate, you can give us a call at 1-855-366-9474 or fill out our easy online vehicle donation form (click here).


Public Works

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The City has NEW recycling trucks with automated (robotic) arms.  For the trucks to operate correctly, however, there needs to be an area of clearance of three (3) feet around the carts in all directions.  We ask for your assistance with the following:

Please Practice Correct Cart Placement:

~ Do not place items on top of the cart.
~ Do not lean items (bags or cardboard) against the cart or place items in front of the cart (between the cart and the street).
~ Carts need to have three (3) feet of clearance from all obstructions—other carts, trash bags, mail boxes, shrubs, light posts, utility poles, and parked cars.
~ Since collection is automated, the cart handle and wheels should face the house.

For additional information, you can download these cart-placement diagrams (in a PDF). [Please note that these diagrams say to allow "four feet" in clearance, but in the City of Kirkwood, we require only three feet.

What Can Be Placed in Your Recycling Cart:

PLASTICS:  Recyclable plastics have a number inside a triangle on the bottom of the container. In Kirkwood, you can recycle all of the following numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7. This includes soda, water, and flavored beverage bottles; milk and juice jugs; detergent and fabric softener containers; health and beauty products and household cleaner containers (narrow-neck); margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups and other grocery containers; yogurt cups, narrow-neck syrup and ketchup bottles; plastic buckets (narrow-neck) such as kitty litter containers.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT #6 PLASTICS OR ANY STYROFOAM.

CANS AND FOIL:  Aluminum cans, trays, and foil (trays and foil must be cleaned); steel cans and tins; non-hazardous aerosol cans, such as whipped cream or cooking oil (must be empty).

GLASS:  Glasss bottles and jars (clear, brown, or green). NO window glass, mirrors, dinnerware, light bulbs, or ceramics.

PAPER:  Newspaper, including inserts (remove from plastic sleeves); cardboard, including pizza boxes; milk and juice cartons; magazines, catalogs, and telephone books; office and computer paper; notebook (no metal clips, spirals, or binders) and gift wrap paper ; chipboard (cereal boxes, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes); carrier stock (soda and beer carrying cases); mail, junk mail, and envelopes; paper books (no hard-cover books). Rule of thumb: If you can tear it, you can recycle it.

What Cannot Be Placed in Your Recycling Cart:

~ Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, paint, or hazardous chemical containers.  These can be taken to Saint Louis County's new Household Hazardous Waste site, but you must make an appointment.  Visit their Website for more information:
~ Plastic grocery or department store bags.  These bags can do serious harm to the automated machinery at the Materials Recovery facility.  They can be returned to most Schnucks and Dierbergs’ grocery stores.
~ Plastic film, sheets, or wrap.
~ Styrofoam, expanded foam, or clear polystyrene (#6 plastic).


Kirkwood Was Green Before it Was Cool:  Francis Scheidegger Recycling Depository


The City of Kirkwood led the way with recycling in the metro area in 1971 when the first St. Louis-area recycling depository was opened here—the Francis Scheidegger Recycling Depository, at 350 S. Taylor. PLEASE NOTE:  The Recycling Depository is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

What is accepted at the Recycling Depository?

  • Telephone books
  • Newspapers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles, with metal removed
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Mixed paper (junk mail, boxboard, office paper, computer paper)
  • Catalogs & magazines (less than 1 1/2” in thickness)
  • Steel (tin) cans
  • Plastic Containers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #7. Recyclable plastic containers usually are marked on the bottom, indicating the type of plastic inside the universal, triangular recycling symbol. Plastic containers for beverages, food, personal care, household products, and many other non-hazardous materials can now be recycled. See below what is not accepted.
  • Tupperware is acceptable IF it has the proper plastic recyclable # on it.
  • Cell phones
What is NOT accepted at the Recycling Depository?

  • Styrofoam, or polystyrene foam, products (effective December 30, 2011).
  • To avoid pollution and for health reasons, the depository cannot accept containers that held antifreeze or motor oil
  • Disposable diapers, frozen food bags, or hazardous materials are not accepted
  • No metal pipes, siding, any construction materials, or sheeting will be accepted.
  • No trash, furniture, appliances, rugs, mattresses, sofas, yard waste / brush, tree limbs, wood, concrete, bricks, tires, batteries, oil, or scrap metal will be accepted.

How Effective is Recycling?

The objective of recycling is to divert as much trash and refuse as possible from landfills.  Each month, the City compiles a Year-to-Date Tonnage Report (below) on the materials that have been diverted from landfills by maintaining the Francis Scheidegger Recycling Depository and through the City's Curbside Recycling program.  We started tracking the data in 2009.