Trash & Recycling
The City of Eureka contracts with Waste Connections, Inc. for collection of yard waste, household trash, bulky waste, major appliances and recyclables. If you have any questions regarding trash collection, please contact City Hall at 636-938-5233.
Yard waste, recyclables, household trash and bulky waste are picked up on the same day with the City being divided into five (5) service days (click on Service Days link on this page). All items are to be placed at the curbside between the hours of 6:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and 6:30 a.m. and empty trash containers must be removed from the curb no later than 8:00 p.m. the day of collection.
Major appliances include “white goods” such as water heaters, washers, dryers, etc. An appointment must be made with Waste Connections to have major appliances picked-up. Please call 636-321-2100 to schedule a pick-up.
When a holiday falls during the week, your pick-up service will fall one (1) day later from the day of the holiday, for that week. For example: If a holiday falls on a Wednesday, service provided on Monday and Tuesday would be unchanged. However, those areas that are normally serviced on Wednesday would have their items picked up on Thursday, with each subsequent service day having their trash picked up a day later.
Holidays observed are:
- January 1st (New Year’s Day)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4th (Independence Day)
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- December 25th (Christmas Day)
If for any reason trash is not at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled pick-up day, it may be missed until the next scheduled pick-up day. If a driver determines that a stop is not out they will record the time of arrival and note that for Waste Connection’s records.
Missed stops called in by 5:00 p.m. on the day of pick-up, that are determined missed, will be picked up on the following day. Please report any missed stops to the City of Eureka at 636-938-5233.
Trash Removal Guidelines
Residential solid waste shall be stored in containers of not more than thirty-five (35) gallons nor less than twenty (20) gallons in nominal capacity. Large, portable plastic containers with wheels and having a capacity of not more than ninety-six (96) gallons are acceptable as well.
Other requirements include:
- Containers shall be leakproof, waterproof, and fitted with a fly-tight lid and shall be properly covered at all times, except when depositing waste or removing the contents thereof.
- Containers shall be of a light weight and sturdy construction
- Containers shall be of a type originally manufactured for residential solid waste, with tapered sides for easy emptying.
- Containers shall have handles, bails or other suitable lifting devices or features.
- Galvanized metal containers, or rubber, fiberglass or plastic containers which do not become brittle in cold weather, may be used.
- The weight of any individual container or contents shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds.
Household Trash & Bulky Waste
Household trash and bulky waste include any item except major appliances generated from normal household operation. Bulky waste includes furniture, small appliances, rugs, etc, but excludes tires and car parts. There is no limit to the number or amount of household trash and bulky waste items placed at the curbside.
If an individual item of trash or bulky waste weighs more than seventy-five (75) pounds, or is of such an irregular size or shape so as to impede lifting or placement for removal without special service, Waste Connections will leave a notice with the resident that they must call to set an appointment and have such item picked up on a designated day of the week as may be established.
Any loose debris must be bundled and tied together, e.g, pieces of molding or wood, and shall be tied in bundles no more than four (4) feet in length. No bundle can be more than eighteen (18) inches in diameter and no individual item can be more than six (6) inches in diameter. The weight of any individual bundle shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds.
Yard waste includes:
- Tree Trimmings
Yard waste must be placed in trash containers and paper bags; plastic bags are not accepted. Trash containers that are used for yard waste storage must be clearly marked with a "Y" which will identify it contains yard waste; use tape, a permanent marker or paint to write a clearly visible "Y" that is least twelve (12) inches high. Tree trimmings and brush must be tied in bundles no more than four (4) feet in length. No bundle can be more than eighteen (18) inches in diameter and no individual tree branch or limb can be more than six (6) inches in diameter. The weight of any individual bundle shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds.
Place your recyclable materials in your recycle bin or wheeled recycling cart. When your recycle bin or wheeled recycling cart gets full, any additional recyclables will need to go into a second bin or recycling cart; plastic bags are no longer an accepted recyclable material.
On your pick-up day, place your recycle bin or wheeled recycling cart at the curb. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and placed in the recycle bin or wheeled recycling cart. To avoid recycling stream contamination, recyclables that become wet from rain or snow may not be picked up. For additional information, refer to the recycling chart in the Guide to Local Services (PDF).
How Else to Make a Difference
Remove your name from junk mailing lists by writing to:
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
You can also visit the New Dream website.
To obtain information about recyclable and hazardous waste materials that the City’s trash hauler cannot accommodate, you may wish to visit the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District website.