O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The metro area’s second biggest city will soon no longer offer curbside pickup of cardboard, junk mail, and newspapers.
Residents in O’Fallon can no longer recycle those items, as the city’s recycling program is undergoing changes due to global forces outside of its control.
Experts say China has gotten much pickier about the recycling it will accept from countries like the U.S., and it’s having trickle-down effects in the St. Louis region.
The city of Kirkwood has tentatively decided to suspend its curbside collection of recyclables which will take effect on October 22.
One of only two major recyclers in the St. Louis area, Resource Management, is shutting down at the end of the month because of market pressures.
That's left cities like O'Fallon scrambing to find alternatives. City leaders said they were forced to make a change and will now only accept containers like aluminium cans, plastic bottles, and glass jars in residents’ curbside pick-up bin.
If residents want to recycle paper or cardboard, they will have to collect it and bring it to a city facility. If not, it will now go in the regular trash to be taken to a landfill.
City leaders say they know the change will be an adjustment, and they'll be inspecting recycle bins for the first two weeks of the new program. Residents will get a tag on their bin if they correctly sorted the recycling.
Incorrectly-sorted refuse will not be picked up.
Other municipalities have been dealing with the same problem. Recently, Kirkwood began exploring alternatives.