Solid and Yard Waste Information


Only Cottleville solid/yard waste containers can be used for pickup - no privately owned containers due to liability issues.

City containers must be at the curb by 6:30 am on the day of collection with the lid opening facing the street; ALL trash and tied blue bags must be inside the container. Containers need to be placed 4 feet from any obstruction, i.e., mailboxes, parked vehicles, basketball hoops, etc., to prevent damage from the automated collection arm.

Dirt and rocks are classified as solid waste items. These items interfere with the yard waste machinery. Please put these items in your solid waste container for collection.

Yard waste must be placed in City issued brown yard waste container(s) for curbside collection.  *ONLY leaves may be placed in brown paper lawn bags for collection during; March, October, November, December.

  • Last Day of yard waste collection is the last week of January.
  • Yard waste collection resumes the first week of March.
    • Brown paper lawn bags, filled with only leaves, will be collected in March, October, November, and December.
    • A maximum of 20 brown leaf bags per collection day.

Additional yard waste can be dropped off at the Earth Center, located at 135 Ecology Drive in St. Peters, don't forget your Resident Privilege Card. Resident Privilege Cards can be obtained at the Recycle City administration office located at 135 Ecology Drive in St. Peters.

First solid waster container$33.03/ month
Additional solid waste container$19/ month
First yard waste containerFREE
Additional yard waste container(s)$17/ annual fee
Senior citizen discount [65+ yoa]10% monthly discount

Senior citizen discount form (65 years of age and older).

Contact Lindsay Jones at [email protected] to be added to the schedule for Tuesday pick up. ONLY cardboard! Please NO styrofoam, paper, plastic, or bubble wrap.

Special Instructions For Disposing Certain Items:

Real Christmas trees - Curbside collection is on normal yard waste day pickup - the tree must be cut into 3 foot sections, all decorations, lights, and stands must be removed from the tree.  If you have a city issued brown yard waste container, please dispose of your Christmas tree inside of the container.  
The Earth Center will take real Christmas Trees during regular Earth Center hours. If transporting the tree in a plastic bag, please remove the bag at the Earth Center.

Paint cans - Paint needs to be dry. Use a clay based cat litter, sawdust, or sand; mix by stirring, and let the paint dry. Leave the paint lid off and place the dry paint can inside the solid waste can.

Styrofoam peanuts - Styrofoam peanuts need to be placed inside a tied bag. Please no loose peanuts.

Sharps (hypodermic needles and syringes) - Avoid recapping needles. Place used needles directly in a heavy-duty, puncture resistant container, such as a plastic detergent bottle or an empty bleach bottle. Place one teaspoon of bleach in the container. Screw the lid tightly closed and secure the lid using heavy-duty tape. Write "Medical Waste" in permanent ink. Dispose in trash - not with recyclables. NEVER USE A GLASS CONTAINER FOR NEEDLE DISPOSAL!

Cooking grease - Cooking grease must be in solid form. The solid form needs to be in a sealed container and then placed inside the solid waste can.

Cooking oil - Cooking oil is in liquid form and CAN NOT be placed inside the solid waste can. For assistance, contact Recycle City.

Motor oil - Motor oil CANNOT be placed inside the solid waste can. It can be disposed of at Recycle City.

Tires - Tires can be disposed of at a dealership or retailer who sells tires. They may charge a fee.

Household hazardous and/or chemical waste can be disposed at
St. Charles County Recycle Works.