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City of Rolla Recycling Center

The City of Rolla Recycling Center is a drop-off facility for separated recyclable materials. The facility is owned and operated by the City of Rolla and is accessible to the public seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. When placing recyclables into the appropriate slot or bin, please separate properly and follow any specific instructions posted at the location.

Contact Information:

Director: Roger Pankey
Location: 2141 Old St. James Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 979 Rolla, MO 65402
Phone: (573) 364-6693
E-mail: waste@rollacity.org
Fax: (573) 364-3648



What can I recycle?



The Rolla Recycling Center offers an affordable document destruction service. Please call us for details, (573) 364-6693.

Shredded documents


Look on the bottom of plastic containers for the number located in the center of the recycling symbol. We are able to recycle #1 and #2 plastics. The symbols will look like this:

#1 (PETE): These are typically found in the form of soft drink bottles.

Soda bottles

#2 Natural (HDPE): Most commonly milk jugs.

Milk jugs

#2 Colored (HDPE): Most commonly laundry detergent bottles, bleach bottles, etc.

( Please rinse out all bottles, discard all caps/lids, and flatten containers to save space.)

Colored plastic jugs

(We no longer accept plastic bags)

Electronic Waste



The Recycling Center also accepts e-waste items between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special arrangements can be made if needed.

Examples of items accepted are:

* Note: Please call the office for pricing if you have a picture tube TV, console TV or rear projection TV.
Please call our office at (573) 364-6693 if you have any questions regarding the acceptability of a particular item.


ALL types of batteries are accepted including lead acid batteries such as automobile, motorcycle and four-wheeler batteries. Bring small quantities of these items to the Recycling Center office during normal business hours, M-F 8:00am-4:30pm. Please call to make an appointment if you need to drop off more than two (2) pounds of batteries.




Inserts are accepted but please remove any plastic bags, twine and string.



Office paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, window envelopes, brown paper bags, cereal boxes, and any other paperboard cartons are accepted.

Mixed Paper



Corrugated boxes only, (boxes must be free of plastic, Styrofoam, wood and trash)
Flatten cardboard boxes if desired to save space.

After the cardboard is dropped off at the Recycling Center...


...it's packed into large bales and sold.

Cardboard Bales



Cans need to be empty and free from any foreign debris. (Flatten cans if desired to save space.)

Aluminum Cans



Cans need to be emptied and rinsed. Labels do not need to be removed.
Aerosols are acceptable if empty. Please remove any plastic caps or lids from the can.

Soup cans



Only food and beverage containers are accepted. Remove all lids and rinse containers. There is no need to remove labels.
Clear bottles and jars must be separated from colored bottles and jars.

We cannot accept light bulbs, ceramics, glass cookware, mirrors, window plate glass, or auto glass.

Glass bottles




Where can I take my household hazardous waste? The City of Rolla Recycling Center accepts materials by appointment only. To schedule a time call 573-364-6693. When calling, please be prepared to give a brief description of the types of materials that you wish to drop off and approximate quantity of each. Materials must be in original containers or clearly hand labeled if placed in another container. Do not mix different wastes in the same container.

Who can participate? This service is for residents in the Rolla/Phelps County community as well as the Ozarks Rivers Solid Waste Management District (Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties.) Pulaski County also operates a household hazardous waste facility. Hazardous waste from businesses is not accepted.

Is there a fee? This is a free service made possible thanks to:

Examples of items accepted:

Stain & Varnish

Oil Based Paint
Stain & Varnish


Wood Filler / Putty
Roofing Cement


Pool Chemicals
Photo Chemicals
Household Cleaners
Acids & Caustics
Fluorescent Bulbs
Cooking Oil
and much more



Gas & Kerosene
Motor oil
Hydraulic Fluid
Transmission Fluid


Rodent Bait
Weed Killers

The items listed above are just a partial list. If you have any questions about the acceptability of a particular waste please call our office at 573-364-6693.

Smoke Detectors: For proper disposal information, please call the Recycling Center at 573-364-6693.

Why should I Recycle?

How about the following reasons.....

Americans generate about 222 million tons of trash annually.  On average, each one of us generates 4-5 pounds of trash daily.  When we send all of this waste to landfills they fill up quickly.  Therefore, recycling has become an important part of our waste management system.  By recycling a significant portion of our waste, we save landfill space and get the following benefits in the process:

  1. Recycling helps conserve natural resources (trees, water, metals, oil, coal) that are used in the production of new products.
  2. Recycling helps reduce the demand for energy.  Less energy is required to produce products from recycled materials than with virgin materials. Consider this: It takes the same amount of energy to make 20 recycled aluminum cans as it take to make one can from virgin materials.  That is a 95% energy savings!
    20 old cans = 1 new can
  3. Since less energy is used, less pollution is produced.  Many industries burn fossil fuels (coal, oil) for energy.  Burning coal produces sulphur dioxide, which is one of our biggest and worst air pollutants.


  1. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees!
  2. One domestic auto manufacturer uses approximately 50 million soda bottles a year to produce components (grills, bumpers, trunk liners, etc.) for new cars and trucks.
  3. Recycling scrap steel reduces related water pollution, air pollution, and mining by about 70%.
  4. Americans throw away enough aluminum each year to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet.
  5. The energy saved by recycling one glass jar can power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
  6. Much of the paper that you recycle is used to make tissue & toilet paper, paper towels & napkins or construction materials such as gypsum board, insulation, and roofing materials.
  7. A significant number of plastic soda bottles are used to make new carpet and clothing.


Call: (573) 364-6693 or (573)364-9568

ROLLA, MO 65401


Curbside recycling

Curbside Recycling - Changes (March 2022)
The importance and the benefits of recycling have not changed.  However, other factors have changed, and so the methods in which recyclable materials are collected and sorted must also evolve.  Thus, Rolla will be seeing some changes to the recycling program.  The Rolla City Council recently voted unanimously to discontinue the residential curbside recycling service due to an ongoing shortage of manpower, as well as economic considerations.  This service will be discontinued in Rolla effective April 2, 2022.  The final week of collection will be March 28 - April 1, 2022.  For all the benefits that come from recycling, residents are encouraged to continue to recycle using the drop-off recycling center located on Old Saint James Road.  The recycling center is accessible for drop-off 24/7.  The blue recycling bins remain the property of the City and residents that have them are encouraged to use them to haul their recyclables to the recycling center.  Residents that wish to return the blue bin to the City after April 2nd can contact the Environmental Services Department at waste@rollacity.org or 364-6693.


Other metals can be recycled at local metal dealers.
(These businesses are not affiliated with the City of Rolla)

No MOre Trash

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901 North Elm Street
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: (573) 426-6948
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