Recycling (Blue Bin) Same as Household. Always recycle common household items like paper, cardboard, and food or beverage bottles, cans and cartons in your Blue Bin. Never put plastic bags, Styrofoam, food waste or sharps in your Blue Bin. Keep recyclables loose, clean and dry. Always flatten cardboard. (No feces.) Visit Brightside St Louis for more details.
The City picks up large/bulky items, batteries, appliances, and tires monthly. These items (not more than 3) must be out by 6 AM on the Monday of the collection week. Pickup will occur by Friday of that same week. Those with roll carts should place their bulk items by the curb. Those with alley collection should place their bulk items behind their own property and keep them 3 feet away from refuse containers. Do not lean on a neighbor's fence or property.
Place loose items in a container or tie in a bundle. If you have more than this, you can take to a residential dumping station or hold the excess on your property until the next bulk pickup. This is also the time to recycle your B.O.A.T.-E items--Batteries-Oil-Appliances-Tires-Electronics.
Additional information is found at the City of St Louis Refuse page.
The City of St Louis does not allow feces to be placed in Yard Waste bins/roll carts. The Yard Waste bins are for typical yard waste--lawn clippings, leaves, branches--that is recycled (not composted) into mulch. Pet feces can wreak havoc on aquatic plants and the public's health. Don't allow your pet's waste to find its way into waterways, such as the rivers that surround us.
How to Dispose of Pet Waste. The City of St Louis allows feces disposal in the gray/brown trash bin. Place in a tightly tied plastic bag--or two--to keep the contents from leaching into the earth. Need an alternative? Try a pet waste compost bin using compost friendly waste bags. A mini septic system can help solve the pet waste issue. (A mid-sized dog will produce an estimated 500 pounds of feces every year.) Make sure to clean up dog waste in your yard frequently--especially in spring, summer and fall--since that smell travels well beyond your small urban yard.
Following information is sourced from an announcement by Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen in the City of St Louis (MO) dated July 25, 2019.
Illegal Dumping Defined. Illegal dumping is dumping of any waste, whether it is oil, furniture, appliances, trash, litter, yard waste or others upon any public right-of-way, City property or private property, without consent of the owner.
St Louis Police Environmental Investigations Unit. In 2017, the SLMPD Trash Task Force was formed. Now called the Environmental Investigations Unit, the Unit investigates environmental dumping complaints from residents, businesses, the Neighborhood Improvement Specialists, Board of Aldermen members and complaints filed with CSB. The Environmental Investigations Unit then reviews and downloads alleyway camera footage for evidence to complete their investigations. There are 197 cameras throughout the City of St. Louis. In 2018, there were 204 citations given out to those who were caught illegally dumping in our City. In 2019, there have been 204 citations written. Those who are cited can be fined $500 and be required to fulfill community service hours.
How Do I Report Illegal Dumping? Anyone who encounters illegal dumping that has already taken place should report it to Citizens’ Service Bureau. If you observe someone illegally dumping, please take down the following information: • Date, time and location of incident • Description of vehicle and license plate number • Description of person(s) dumping • What items/materials were being dumped • Your name and phone number (optional) Contact CSB using any one of the following options: • Online: Use the Request a City Service web-based form.https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/neighborhood-stabilization-office/citizens-service-bureau/ • By Phone: Call 314-622-4800 Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. • By Fax: 314-622-4310 • Using Twitter: @stlcsb • By email: firstname.lastname@example.org If the information submitted to the Environmental Investigations Unit leads to an arrest and conviction of persons who engage in illegal dumping, you will receive a $100 reward.