Recycling Extravaganza: REX!

ROGlogoCOLORwED-01Sunday, April 26, 2015   10am – 4pm
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, off Oakland Avenue
Free  |  Open to the public  |  Bring only items listed below

Information below relevant for 2014. Check back for updates in February 2015.

Read about 2014’s REX event.

As part of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, the Recycling Extravaganza, or REX!, will once again be accepting your hard-to-recycle items. All are invited to load up their cars, trucks or bicycle baskets with any (or all) of the items that will be collected by one of a dozen partnering non-profit organizations or recycling companies.

Tips for Participating:

  • Please DO NOT bring materials that aren’t on the list. If there is no one accepting an item you bring to the event, please keep it in your car. UPDATE!! No Mattress Collection available! We apologize but our vendor is not able to support collection of mattresses at this event. (revised 4.17.14).
  • ABSOLUTELY NO chemicals, household hazardous waste, paints or liquids.
  • Pack smart! Load your car so that you will be able to access items as you pass the collection points, as ordered below.
  • Check back often as this listing may change before the event.
  • You can sign up to volunteer and help at the collection event.
  • If you are interested in becoming a participating collector, please contact us directly at

Shuttle Service
After your car is purged of spring cleaning debris, leave it at STLCC and catch a ride to the Festival via a free shuttle service, provided by the St. Louis Lambert International Airport biodiesel bus and Super Park compressed natural gas (CNG) bus. The shuttle service will be available between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and will leave every 15 minutes on the hour. The St. Louis Earth Day Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Muny Grounds in Forest Park.

MO American WaterSponsors
Thanks to our sponsors and the wonderful participants from the recycling community, there is no charge for recycling at REX!

MAP  click on map to view |  Scroll down for a list of collectors & items at the 2014 REX event.


1. St. Louis Earth Day & Partners
Items Collected: Mardi Gras Beads (

2. Ameren Ameren
Items Collected: CFL light bulbs | Fluorescent tubes

3. DEA Drug Take Back Initiative
Items Collected: Expired, unwanted, or unused Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances | Prescription medications | Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, Vitamins, Supplements | NO illicit or illegal substances or needles collected | Collection is anonymous, no records are kept, no ID required

4. Making Music Matters
Items Collected: Guitars | Violins | Pianos | Drum Sets | Amplifiers | Trumpets | Other musical instruments | All working or non-working | Volunteers to teach music! | Some donations will benefit Sheldon Concert Hall’s Music for Lifelong Achievement program

5. Perennial
Items Collected: Leather Belts | T-Shirts | 100% Wool Sweaters | Old Hardback Books | Hand-Powered Tools (drills, saws, screwdrivers, clamps,etc.) | Hardware | Glass jars, all sizes | Scrap wood (NO PARTICLE BOARD OR PLYWOOD) | Small Wood Tables | Wood Chairs

6. Shoeman Water Projects
Items Collected: Shoes (new and gently used) | Cell Phones (new and gently used)

7. St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center
Items Collected: Beads | Buttons | Books (except encyclopedias and textbooks) | Board Games | All ridged #6 Plastic Cups (no foam) | Toothbrushes | Empty Shampoo Bottles, Empty Hand Cream Bottles, Empty Make-up, and Empty Tape Dispensers

8. BWorks
Items Collected: Bicycles and anything related to bicycles | Computer towers

9. Eye on Design
Items Collected: Window coverings | Roller shades | Blinds (horizontal & vertical) | Drapery rods | Drapery panels | Window treatments (gently used)

10. ReStore – Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Items Collected: Building & Construction Materials | Household Supplies (sinks, doors, light fixtures, toilets, etc.) | Anything you might find in a hardware store

11. Refab
Items Collected: Lumber: boards, trim, decking, hardwood, and plywood | Tools: hand tools, power tools, shop equipment, old man tools, gardening tools | Workshop items: workbenches, shelves, storage bins, crates, and tool boxes | Miscellaneous hardware: fasteners, building supplies, etc.

12. Trex Recycling
Items Collected: Only CLEAN, DRY plastic bags and film (#2 and #4.) Please be sure to remove receipts or any other items from bags. We accept plastic bags and wrap (#2 and #4 film) including ONLY: newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, produce bags, toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps, furniture wrap, electronic wrap, plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed), grocery bag, plastic food storage bags (clean and dry) – (e.g. Ziploc® Bags), plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include), Tyvek(no glue, labels, other material), diaper wrap (packaging), plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible), case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles), All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4.

13. USAgainUSAgain-01
Items Collected: Clothing | Toys | Household Textiles: Towels, Curtains, Linens, etc.

14. St. Louis Green
Items Collected: Plastic Plant Pots & Trays | Holiday lights

15. Flooring Systems, Inc.
Items Collected: Broadloom carpet | Carpet tiles | Carpet pads

16. HELP Hospital Equipment Loan Program
Items Collected: Home Medical Equipment (HME) including, but not limited to, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches, walkers, shower chairs, grab bars, elevated toilet seats, portable commodes, lift chairs, seating cushions, ROHO cushions, back supports, electric hospital beds, van lifts and stair lifts | Nearly every type of HME | PLEASE NO oxygen canisters and medications.

17. Rain Reserve
St. Louis Earth Day and RainReserve are offering discounted rain barrels and compost bins available for pick-up at the Recycling Extravaganza on Sunday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale support St. Louis Earth Day, the organization. Read more Here.

18. St. Louis Composting
Items Collected: Yard Waste | Wood Waste (untreated and unpainted wood). No wood with finishes, varnish, paint.

19. Republic Services
Cardboard Only

20. EPC
Collecting clean Styrofoam; no cardboard attached. No packing peanuts. Clean foam cups accepted. No food residue.

21. Midwest Recycling Center MRC
Items Collected: Appliances – functioning & non-functioning, large & small | TVs/monitors (limit ONE per household) | Computers & parts | Microwaves | Dishwashers | Refrigerators | Electronics, etc. | Extension cords | Overflow computers and computer parts from MRC will go to St. Louis BWorks | Anything with a cord! | Lab & medical equipment | Lawn & garden equip. EMPTY Please! NO GAS

Updated 4.24.14

CLICK HERE to download and view a list of items collected by category.