Volunteer with Recycling On the Go

Volunteer Sarah helps folks sort their waste at the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride

If you like getting your hands dirty, sharing your passion for recycling with others, and feeling satisfied that you made a real difference — then you’re in the right place! Volunteers have expressed that this is much better than handing out brochures at the festival entrance or other volunteer jobs they’ve done. You’ve just gotta try it!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at some really great events include:

  1. Schlafly’s Cabin Fever January 14, 2017 
  2. Schlafly’s Stout and Oyster Festival March 9-11, 2017
  3. Recycling Extravaganza April 2, 2017
  4. The St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 22-23, 2017
  5. Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park (every second Friday May – September and October 6)
  6. Humane Society of MO’s Bark in the Park May 20, 2017
  7. Ferguson Twilight 5K/10K and Fun Run May 20, 2017
  8. Schlafly’s Art Outside May 26-28, 2017
  9. Great Rivers Greenway’s Life Outside Festival June 10, 2017
  10. International Institute of St. Louis’ Festival of Nations August 26-27, 2017
  11. Eureka Days September 8-10, 2017
  12. Kirkwood Greentree Festival September 15-17, 2017
  13. Schlafly’s Hop in the City September 16, 2017
  14. Pedal the Cause September 23-24, 2017
  15. Schlafly’s Full Moon Festival November 4, 2017

About Volunteering with Recycling On the Go:

“I just wanted to let you know that the recycling station job was a big hit. Having someone around who understood the recycling process made the whole thing a hands-on learning experience…Every time Bill was at my station, people asked a ton of questions. I never thought 2 hours sorting garbage could be fun! Thanks for giving me the opportunity!”
Barb Gist, An ROG volunteer with Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 2013.

The program provides recycling and composting services to special events around the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Volunteers should be prepared for standing for a significant period of time (2-8 hours) and lifting up to 20-40 lbs comfortably, bending/leaning/twisting frequently. Events employ a waste station model where volunteers are needed to help attendees sort their waste into compost, recycling, and landfill. In this case, heavy lifting and bending is not required. If you are concerned about the physical requirements of volunteering, please contact us – we will make sure you know what to expect and we will make accommodations as best we can.

Closed toed shoes are required. We provide plastic gloves for changing out the recycling bin bags. Please be prepared for rain or shine. During the events, depending on the size of the crowd, monitoring the bins and changing out the recycling bags can be leisurely or high energy. We encourage all ROG team members to explore the events that we service and take breaks when needed.

Removing contamination from organic collection totes is a great way to socialize while ensuring totes are not rejected and sent to the landfill.