Recycling On the Go

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 About

ROGlogoCOLORwEDRecycling On the Go 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.

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Want composting and recycling at your event? Click Here!!

Want to Volunteer for this awesome program? Click Here!!

In 2014 ROG was recognized by the Missouri Waste Control Coalition for Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Leadership for improved waste management practices and wise use of natural resources. ROG was also named Outstanding Community Recycling Program for 2012 by the Missouri Recycling Association.

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.

For Event Planners

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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.

I’ve submitted my service request, now what?

  • 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!Our recycling bins and signage at the 2012 Festival of Nations.
  • Let’s Get Started: Click here to learn more about the DIY loan program.

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!

Volunteers

If you like getting your hands dirty, sharing your passion for recycling and composting with others, and feeling satisfied that you made a real difference — then you’re in the right place! Recycling On the Go is looking for individuals to help green events around St. Louis, and promote it through marketing and media.

You can get involved for the long run, help with a couple tasks around the office, or volunteer at fun events in St. Louis. The list is endless.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at some really great events include (updated 3.18.16):

  1. Recycling Extravaganza April 3, 2016 – FULL. Thank you, Boeing!
  2. St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 24, 2016- Sign Up Here
  3. Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday event series (every second Friday May-Sept plus October 7, 2016)
    1. May 13, 2016- Full! Thank you Paul Mitchell The School!
    2. June 10, 2016- Sign Up Here
    3. July 8, 2016- Sign Up Here
    4. August 12, 2016- Sign Up Here
    5. September 9, 2016- Sign Up Here
    6. October 7, 2016- Sign Up Here
  4. Girls On the Run 5k and Fun Run May 7, 2016- Sign Up Here
  5. Humane Society of Missouri’s Bark in the Park May 21, 2016- Sign Up Here
  6. Schlafly’s Art Outside May 27-29, 2016- Sign Up Here
  7. Macklind Mile June 25, 2016- Sign Up Here
  8. Pride Fest June 24-26, 2016- Sign Up Here
  9. Trailnet’s Share the Street Party August 13, 2016- Sign Up Here
  10. International Institute of St. Louis’ Festival of Nations  August 27-28, 2016- Sign Up Here
  11. Schlafly’s Hop in the City September 17, 2016- Sign Up Here
  12. Murmuration September 23-25, 2016 (tentative)
  13. Pedal the Cause  September 24-25, 2016- Sign Up Here
  14. Schlafly’s Great Pumpkin Harvest Festival October 15, 2016- Sign Up Here

These tasks can be scheduled at your convenience to take place at our office.

  1. Table repair – estimated time to complete: 2 hours. The frame pulled its screws from the plastic table. Drill new holes through metal frame into plastic housing (needs electric drill) and reattach. Completion by April 1, 2016
  2. Signage – estimated time to complete: 20 hours. We have created new signs for our recycling container lids to reduce our setup time at events. Remove the old stickers from the lids, clean the lid and adhere the new sticker on the lid (250 lids, 2 stickers/lid). Completion by April 21, 2016
  3. Wagon assembly – estimated time to complete: 2 hours. We purchased a new wagon this year that needs assembly and painted with our organization logo stencil. Completion by April 21, 2016

Zero Waste Ambassador Training

  • April 16, 2016 Saturday 10 am – 12 pm
  • May 5, 2016 Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm

Have you ever wondered if you could recycle that? Get trained to assist others with that question!

Staffed Zero Waste Stations are an effective strategy for reducing landfill waste at special events and festivals by sorting attendee-generated waste materials into recycling, compost and landfill. Through this process plus pre-event planning, events can reduce the amount of material that goes to a local landfill by 50-98%.

All volunteers wishing to assist at events should plan to attend a training session. This two-hour presentation and set of activities will provide knowledge and engagement practices for volunteers helping monitor Zero Waste Stations at special events at the Missouri Botanical Garden and with the Recycling On the Go Program.

Volunteers will gain information about national recycling rates, recycling myths and current best practices; learn where disposable products come from, what they are made of and where they can go (through recycling, composting or landfill).

Volunteers will also have an opportunity to develop and practice “elevator” pitches to engage with attendees as you assist them to sort their waste for the greatest possible collection of recycling and composting.

This training is co-presented by the Earthways Center and St. Louis Earth Day and will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Education Center at 4651 Shaw Blvd.

Register through the ROG Volunteer form on this webpage. Mention this training and date you wish to attend on the form.

Calendar of Events

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

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!