Unacceptable Wastes Disposal Options

Appliances
Electronics
Explosives and Ammunition
Smoke detectors
Prescription Drugs and Medicine
Sharps/Syringes
Tires
Other Bulky Items

Appliances 

Major appliances (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, trash compactors, hot water heaters and other white goods) have been banned from landfill disposal since 1991. Options for appliances:

  1. When you purchase a new appliance, ask the representative or distributor if they will take the old appliance you are replacing. 
  2. If the appliance is in working condition you may try posting on a material exchange site such as freecycle.org or gigoit.org. Visit earth911.com to find charities or businesses near you that will accept your appliance for reuse or recycling. 
  3. Scrap metal dealers usually recycle appliances. Contact your local dealer for details.
  4. Your hauler may collect appliances but it may require special arrangements and fees. Call your hauler for details.

*St. Louis City residents can contact the Department of Refuse for information on appliance recycling.

Electronics

Many electronics contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury. If your electronic equipment is not obsolete, call around to see if a local school or charity will take it as a donation. If reuse is not an option, we suggest recycling electronics so materials can be recovered, therefore, minimizing environmental impacts and unnecessary energy consumption.

  1. See if the manufacturer will take back old electronics when you buy new equipment.  
  2. Inquire at local electronic stores. Some now accept used electronics for recycling. 
  3. Take electronics to a local, licensed drop-off center. 

Please visit http://www.dnr.mo.gov/ecyclemo/ for a certified electronic recycling drop-off location nearest you.

Explosives and Ammunition

Call your local police department.

Smoke Detectors

There are limited options for smoke detector disposal, due to radioactive content in some of the units. Federal law requires that manufacturers of smoke detectors take back smoke detectors for safe disposal:

  1. Call the manufacturer for proper disposal.  If you no longer have the instruction book for your detector, please call the company's customer service line and they should be able to direct you on where and how to send it. Most companies will accept them at no charge if you have less than five.  
  2. If returning the unit to the manufacturer is not possible, Missouri Solid Waste regulation does allow up to 10 smoke detectors to be discarded in the trash.

Prescription drugs and medicines

Check out http://missourip2d2.org/ for details on the St. Louis area prescription drug take back program.

Sharps/Syringes

Sharps may be disposed of with your regular trash. To protect sanitation workers, they should be packaged in rigid, leak-proof and puncture resistant containers (detergent bottle, for example). Tightly seal the container and place in your regular trash.  

Check with your drug store/pharmacy for mail-in disposal options.

Tires

Most companies that sell tires also accept them for disposal. Please note there may be a fee for disposal. 

*St. Louis City residents may dispose of Automotive Batteries, Motor Oil, and Tires at their transfer stations at no charge. Click for details.

Other bulky items

Bulky items are large items like couches, chairs, household items, fixtures, wood etc. that will not fit in a residential waste container.  Contact your trash hauler or municipality for disposal options.

*St. Louis City residents can contact the Department of Refuse for information on bulk item disposal.