Recycling Guidelines and Resources

Single-stream recycling is experiencing challenges due to increased stringent standards overseas and increasing recycling costs. Contamination in recyclable materials led China to impose stricter policies on the materials it would accept. This policy change raised costs for recycling processors and required Brentwood to find a new materials recycling facility when Waste Management closed its recycling center in late October 2018. The City of Brentwood’s Sanitation Department now delivers the collected recycling items to Republic Services’ materials recycling facility in Hazelwood, Missouri.


DO add to the Recycling Bin:

  • Paper
  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Plastic Bottles and Containers
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Metal Food and Beverage Cans
  • Food and Beverage Cartons

Keep these items loose (not in plastic bags), clean and dry.

DON’T add to the Recycling Bin:

  • Plastic Bags and Film
  • Styrofoam
  • Shredded Paper that is not in a paper bag
  • Sharps and Needles
  • Food Waste and Food-Soiled Containers
  • Liquids
  • One-Time-Use Disposables (such as plastic straws and utensils)
  • Items that Tangle (such as Christmas tree lights and garden hoses)
  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs and Glass that is not a bottle or jar
  • Scrap Metal
  • Shoes and Clothing
  • Construction Waste
  • Household Hazardous Waste 
  • Yard Waste


"Wish-cycling" is the practice of placing questionable items in your recycling bin with the hope that the items will be recycled. Even if this is done with good intentions, the impact can be harmful. Wish-cycling is detrimental because it puts a lot of items in the recycling stream that don't belong there, can contaminate perfectly good recyclables, and can damage the equipment in recycling facilities. Items like garden hoses, extension cords, plastic bags, paper cups and plastic utensils all reduce the value of recyclables. Stick to the list of six acceptable items so Brentwood can gain the most from its recycling program.


Republic Services - Recycling Basics

Republic Services - Recycling Simplified

Saint Louis City Recycles

Saint Louis County Recycle Wizard

Saint Louis Household Hazardous Waste


The City of Brentwood hosts quarterly collection events for residential paper shredding and electronics recycling.

Residential Paper Shredding 2021 Dates
February 6, May 1, August 7, November 6

Electronics Recycling 2021 Dates
March 27, June 26, September 25, December 18


Visit for more recycling options.

Saint Louis County Recycle Wizard

Medication Disposal
Brentwood Police Department Lobby
272 Hanley Industrial
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm

Recycling Responsibly
Plastic Bag Recycling