Volunteer with Recycling On the Go!

Kayla helps attendees at Food Truck Friday to correctly sort their waste

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!

Places we’ve been:

  • The St. Louis Earth Day Festival – April 22-23, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo – May 6, 2017
  • Food Truck Friday – May 12, 2017
  • Girls On the Run 5K and Fun Run – May 13, 2017
  • Humane Society of MO’s Bark in the Park – May 20, 2017
  • Ferguson Twilight 5K/10K and Fun Run – May 20, 2017
  • Schlafly’s Art Outside – May 26-28, 2017
  • St. Louis Brewer’s Guild Heritage Festival – June 3, 2017
  • Great Rivers Greenway’s Life Outside Festival – June 10, 2017

Click on the event links below to join in the fun!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at some other really great events include:

FREE Zero Waste Training

Location: Commerce Bank Education Center Rm 125
4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110 (map)
Time: 6p – 8:30p
NEXT  training: August 17, 2017


Everyone thinks everyone knows how to recycle and yet the U.S. only recycles 34% of its waste annually and contamination rates are increasing. Plastic bags and styrofoam among many other items are consistently thrown into recycling containers.

It’s up to YOU, only you can recycle and we need your support to make our events less wasteful. Our trained staff and volunteers can keep over 90% of event waste from going to the landfill. That helps build our economy AND our ecology through recycling and composting!

Ever ask?:

  • Where does it all go? Does it get recycled?
  • What happens at a MRF (“murf”)? What is a MRF? an animated world of blue humanoids on TV from the 1980s?!!!
  • Where is away?
  • What about food? What is compost?

Join staff from St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling On the Go program and the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden to learn how to be the best zero-waste ambassador you can be! Get a basic understanding of waste – including an overview of landfills, recycling centers, and composting operations, gain experience talking to others about waste, and so much more. Sign up through the Missouri Botanical Garden by clicking “Sign Up” above.

About Volunteering with Recycling On the Go:

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

“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.