St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District has been working to expand recycling in the St. Louis region since 1993.  The District is a regional public agency that serves St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.  Almost two million people reside within the District, making ours the largest of the twenty Solid Waste Management Districts in Missouri.

These Districts assist local governments, private businesses, and non-profit organizations in establishing and expanding waste reduction, recycling, composting, education, and household hazardous waste programs.  Each of these programs plays an important role in properly managing the waste generated by homes and businesses on a daily basis.

The growth in recycling has been tremendous since Missouri’s recycling law was passed in 1990, when less than 5% of all waste was being diverted from disposal.  According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, more than 45% is now being diverted from disposal.  That is a huge increase in a very short time, and recycling is poised to continue this growth in the coming years.  Missouri has developed a vigorous recycling industry that expands our economy, protects our environment, and strengthens our communities.

The District has assisted in this effort in several ways.  In addition to technical assistance and educational resources that have helped the industry grow, the main tool has been the waste reduction and recycling grant program.  Since inception, the District has provided more than 700 grants totaling in excess of $30 million dollars to help all aspects of the recycling industry.  This may seem like a lot of money, but it translates to just about $1 per person per year.   This assistance has helped catalyze the growth of the industry by fostering collaboration and cooperation to form true public-private partnerships, which leverage tremendous amounts of additional investment.

The District appreciates the thousands of dedicated people who have committed their professional and volunteer efforts to develop an industry that will serve our state for years to come.  With their tireless work, the St. Louis region has accomplished significant waste reduction.  The District is honored to work along side these dedicated individuals. They are the true heroes in this transformation, and the region owes them a debt of thanks.  As the District works to confront the enormous environmental challenges facing our society, recycling continues to make strides to protect our environment, while growing our economy with jobs and taxes.

The District thanks and congratulates all of our partners for a job well done, and let’s keep up the good work!