Recycling Extravaganza: REX!

ROGlogoCOLORwED-01Sunday, April 26, 2015   10 am – 4 pm
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, 5600 Oakland Avenue (map)
Free*  |  Open to the public  |  Bring only items listed below

1800GOTJUNKThe Recycling Extravaganza, a collection event for hard-to-recycle items, will be part of the Festival for a fifth year, thanks to our presenting sponsor, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and our supporting sponsor, Missouri American Water. Scroll down for a full list of acceptable items, including everything from CFL light bulbs and bicycles to used shoes and small appliances. Start collecting and planning your spring cleaning accordingly.

Tips for Participating:

  • DO NOT bring materials that are not on the list. If there is no one accepting an item you bring to the event, please keep it in your car.
  • *UPDATE!! Midwest Recycling Center will need to charge participants for CRT TVs (glass). Cost is $20 for CRT TVs under 27 inches and $40 for CRT TV’s over 27 inches including all consoles and big screens. All other items, including CRT monitors and flat screen TVs are collected for free. See their website for more information:
  • ABSOLUTELY NO chemicals, household hazardous waste, paints or liquids.
  • Participant Map and Survey: Pack smart! Load your car so that you will be able to access items as you pass the collection points, as ordered below. Download and print our site map and survey (here) and bring it with you to REX.
  • Check back often as this listing may change before the event.
  • You can sign up to volunteer and help at the collection event.

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 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and will leave every 15 minutes on the hour. The St. Louis Earth Day Festival is 10 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*! (*except certain electronics).

MAP  click on map to view |  Scroll down for a list of collectors & items confirmed for 2015. Participant Map and Survey

The following collectors have all confirmed for 2015. The numbers correspond with the placement of each collector on the site map.

1. St. Louis Earth Day & Partner Organizations

Whole Foods Market
Items Collected: Brita Filters

Herb’n Maid
Items Collected: Gently-used, like-new bras for Free the Girls, a program to support survivors of human trafficking.

2. AmerenAmeren
Items Collected: CFL light bulbs

3. P2D2
Items Collected: Expired, unwanted, or unused Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances | Prescription medications | Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, Vitamins, Supplements | NO illicit or illegal substances, aerosol inhalers or needles accepted| Prescription and non prescription unwanted and expired medications. Collection is anonymous, no records are kept, no ID required.

4. Play it Forward
Items Collected: Guitars | Violins | Drum Sets | Trumpets | Guitars | Cellos | Bass instruments | Saxophones | Flutes | Violas | band instruments | sheet music | stands | and teachers. NO PIANOS

5. Solea Water – formerly Shoeman Water Project
Items Collected: Shoes (new and gently used)

6. 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

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

9 – 10. 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.

11. 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

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 HELP: Health Equipment Lending 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.

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

17. Total Organics Recycling
Items Collected: Plastic Plant Pots & Trays | All black, white, green, and orange horticultural plastics numbers 2, 5, and 6. We will accept pots, cell packs, and trays. | Please remove any wires, plants, and dirt. We will not accept any household plastics.

17. Republic Services
Providing dumpster and hauling for Expanded Polystyrene to EPC to be densified and recycled.

17. EPC
Collecting clean Expanded Polystyrene (EPS – “styrofoam”) packaging forms; no cardboard attached. No packing peanuts. Clean foam water cups accepted. No foam food containers. Please bring in open plastic bags which can be viewed to confirm it is only clean foam dropped off for collection.

18  – 19. 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Stop by and see how 1-800-GOT-JUNK? can help you throughout the year to dispose of your junk responsibly by recycling as much as possible! A one-stop shop for all your removal needs. Since 1989, we’ve saved over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from the landfill and counting.

We are committed to improving our environmental performance by measuring the amount of junk collected and reporting where it goes. Better servicing our customers, enhancing our communities, and being transparent in our diversion statistics, energy consumption, and environmental impact, is a top priority at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

20. The File Room
Items Collected: Photocopy paper, white & colored bond paper, lined/unlined writing & note paper, any index cards, pale yellow manila folders, white recycled paper, fax paper, computer paper. Staples & paperclips are OK (no binder clips)
Bring your documents for shredding; lock them in a container and they will provide you a certificate verifying that your documents will be shredded at their facility in Earth City, MO

21. Midwest Recycling Center

MRCItems Collected: Appliances – functioning & non-functioning, large & small | TVs/monitors (see restrictions) | 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

  • UPDATE for 2015!! Midwest Recycling Center will need to charge participants for CRT TVs (glass). Cost is $20 for CRT TVs under 27 inches and $40 for CRT TVs over 27 inches including all consoles and big screens. All other items, including CRT monitors and flat screen TV’s are collected for free. See their website for more information:

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

Read about 2014’s REX event.

page updated 4.17.15.