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10 Minute Clean Up Challenge

We all have 10 minutes a day we can spare; why not use it to make a difference?

  • Select one BPW block; yours or an adjacent block

  • Take 10 minutes daily to pick up litter; lawn to street

  • Do this throughout the year

  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to take the challenge


Share your before and after photos on our Facebook or email them to


Together we can make a cleaner, safer neighborhood to live, work, and play in.  

Photo: Neighbors voluteer for alley clean up.

Take the St. Louis Litter Pledge

Raise your right hand and boldly say:


I promise not to litter and to tell my family and friends not to litter. When I see litter, I promise to pick it up and put it in a trashcan. Keeping our city litter-free is an important way to protect our environment. I believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep St. Louis clean and I promise to do my part because “Litter bugs me! Stop it! Don’t drop it!”


Property owners are responsible for keeping their half of their alleys safe and sanitary, free of litter, weeds and overgrown trees. The city contracts out maintenance of lighting in alleys and easements to Ameren UE. Report a light out by calling Ameren UE at 314-342-1000.

If you witness illegal dumping, call 911 to report the license number and vehicle description. If the information results in the conviction of the suspect, you may receive a $100 reward. If dumping already occurred, call the Citizens' Service Bureau at 314-622-4800 so the City's Trash Task Force can investigate.


Trash and Recycling

Refuse Containers

Household Trash is collected twice weekly on Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday, depending on location. Yard Waste is collected each Wednesday. Each dumpster is shared by several households; if yours is full, use another dumpster on the same block. Dumpsters are not for use by commercial enterprises.

Reminders about the use and care of city dumpsters:

1. Green yard waste dumpsters identified with "yard waste only" stickers are only for yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and small limbs that fit entirely inside. Protruding limbs prohibit the container from being emptied.

2. Regular trash dumpsters identified with "no yard waste" stickers are for household trash.

3. Dumpsters are not to be moved.

4. Dumpsters are not to be filled beyond capacity. Keep dumpster lids closed with no items protruding.

5. Dumpsters are not for bulk trash such as stoves, furniture and appliances, or any item over three (3) feet long.

6. Dumpsters are not for flammable liquids or hazardous materials or tires.

7. Keep the area around the dumpster clean and keep bulk items at least three (3) feet away.

Any violations of these rules could result in your container not being emptied as scheduled.



Alleys also have at least one blue 480-gallon recycling dumpster which will have stenciling and stickers such as "Recyclables Only" to indicate their use. If a blue dumpster doesn't have stenciling and stickers, it isn't a City recycling dumpster; it belongs to a private hauler.

Recycling is collected on Tuesday after trash collection has been completed. In the event of holidays, please check the schedule.

Recycling drop-off locations are also provided throughout the City of St. Louis for residents. For more information on recycling programs and educational resources in St. Louis City, visit St. Louis City Recycles.


The City's largest recycling drop-off site is the Operation Brightside Recycling Center open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday at 1660 S. Kingshighway. For more info about the recycling center and other Operation Brightside programs, call the Brightside office at (314)781-4556.

Bulk Trash Collection

Bulk items are collected monthly; u to three (3) can be placed behind your own property by 6:00 a.m. on Monday of the week scheduled for collection in your area. Bag or bundle small or loose items. Refrigerator doors must be removed. Items will be collected during your designated week.

City Refuse Transfer Stations

Residential trash collected by City trucks is transferred to private contractor trucks for hauling to a private landfill, thus the name "transfer station". City residents with proof of residency can bring one pick-up truck load of bulky items, household trash and yard waste to the transfer stations each month. Businesses and private haulers will not be accepted.

The transfer stations are located at 4100 S. First Street and 201 N. Humboldt Avenue. Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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