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!

How to Volunteer:

  1. Read the information below about volunteering with Recycling On the Go.
  2. Decide for what event you’d like to volunteer.
  3. Submit our volunteer form within 1 week of the event at which you’d like to volunteer.
  4. Wait to hear back from our ROG Program Manager.
  5. Volunteer and have fun!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

To volunteer with the St. Louis Earth Day Festival – click here to review opportunities.

Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo, Webster Groves Recreation Center – Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park – 6 event series May – October, 2014
Girls On the Run 5k, Soldier’s Memorial – Saturday, May 10, 2014
KDHX’s Midwest Mayhem, City Museum – Thursday, May 15, 2014
HSMO’s Bark in the Park, Cricket Field, Forest Park – Saturday, May 17, 2104
Pride Fest, Soldier’s Memorial – Saturday – Sunday, June 28-29, 2014

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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.

Volunteer Guide: recycling only events

Volunteer Guide: events with recycling & composting

The program provides recycling bins which are composed of a wire frame, plastic lid and bag. The most labor-intensive parts of the program are the loading and unloading, but even just one extra set of hands makes an incredible difference! Supplies includes wire frames (approx. 5 lbs), plastic bin lids (approx. 2 lbs), bags, signs, and misc. items such as bags, clips, name tags, etc. Most events require a minimum of 20 bins and up to 60 bins for larger events like PrideFest.

You should be prepared for lifting up to 20 lbs comfortably and bending/leaning over frequently. Some 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 have some utility gloves, but you are welcome to bring your own. We provide plastic gloves, if requested, 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.

Volunteers help transport recycling to the dumpster (along with former ROG staff member Stephanie).