Recycling On the Go

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St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling On the Go is the region’s first large-scale event greening program, advancing event sustainability through education and action since 2006. Our goal is to reduce the negative environmental impact of events and festivals by reducing and recycling a portion of the waste they generate. We offer a full range of services from managing event recycling to full event greening assessments and action plans.

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Event planners:

Please note that on April 22, 2015, Mayor Francis Slay signed Executive Order #52 which REQUIRES all permitted events in the City of St. Louis to provide recycling. Let us help you meet these requirements at your next special event!

Upcoming ROG events:

  • See our ROG calendar to find out where you can find recycling at upcoming events.
  • Visit our volunteer opportunities page to find out how you can help. Individuals and groups welcome!

updated 1.26.16

  1. Schlafly’s Stout and Oyster Festival March 3-5, 2016
  2. Recycling Extravaganza April 3, 2016
  3. St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 24, 2016
  4. Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday event series (every second Friday May-Sept plus October 7, 2016)
  5. Girls On the Run 5k and Fun Run May 7, 2016
  6. Humane Society of Missouri’s Bark in the Park May 21, 2016
  7. Schlafly’s Art Outside May 27-29, 2016
  8. Great Rivers Greenway’s Life Outside Festival June 11, 2016
  9. Macklind Mile June 25, 2016
  10. Pride Fest June 24-26, 2016
  11. Trailnet’s Share the Street Party August 13, 2016
  12. International Institute of St. Louis’ Festival of Nations August 27-28, 2016
  13. Schlafly’s Hop in the City September 17, 2016
  14. Schlafly’s Great Pumpkin Harvest Festival October 15, 2016

Get recycling or composting at your event!

  • Full Service Event Greening We’ll help you examine your event and identify areas where eco-friendly approaches can be applied. We specialize in waste diversion and can arrange waste haulers, on-site recycling/compost management and/or support vendor communications so that your green goals are realized.

Let’s Get Started: Click here to submit information about your event.

  • Do-It-Yourself Event Recycling Allows access to our fleet of recycling and compost bins by small event organizers and community groups through our bin loan program. Perfect for fundraisers and church gatherings!

Let’s Get Started: Click here to learn more about the DIY loan program.

Our recycling bins and signage at the 2012 Festival of Nations.

In 2015…

  • Our service was available at 110 events on 150 event days!
  • We provided full service event greening at 67 large area events with an average rate of diversion of 69%. When we provided composting our median average at 43 events was 88%!
  • Our recycling bins were utilized at 43 community events, charity functions and celebrations through our Do-It-Yourself recycling loan program.
  • We diverted 83 tons of mixed recyclables, organic waste and compostable food service items and spent cooking oil! That’s almost 1,600 cubic yards of waste! In addition to breaking our record for waste diversion, we provided event greening services at more events than ever putting resources back into our local economy through recycling and composting.
  • Full listing of our 2015 ROG events.

About Recycling On the Go

Recognized in 2014 by the Missouri Waste Control Coalition with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Leadership for improved waste management practices and wise use of natural resources. Named Outstanding Community Recycling Program for 2012 by the Missouri Recycling Association. We began in 2006 when St. Louis Earth Day was awarded grant funding to pilot a program focused on reducing and recycling waste produced at special events. Since the official launch of Recycling On the Go in 2007, approximately 401 tons of materials have been diverted from area landfills (primarily recycling, but this figure includes compost and spent oil). Recycling On the Go has enhanced the waste management of 537 events (932 event days). Many of these events occur annually, and so ROG has become an established part of organizers’ planning and patrons’ experience. Over the past eight seasons, the program has exposed over 7 million people to recycling when away from home. Through these efforts, people have come to expect access to recycling containers when they attend an event.

Volunteers at one of our signature Waste Stations.