Property owners are responsible for keeping their half of their alleys free of litter, weeds and overgrown trees, as well as in safe and sanitary conditions. The city is responsible for lighting in the alleys and easements, but this work is contracted out to Ameren UE for maintenance and replacement of bulbs. To report any alley or easement light out, call Ameren UE at 314-342-1000.
If you are a witness to illegal dumping in an alley, on a street or sidewalk, in a vacant lot or in someone's yard, call 911and give the license number and description of the vehicle used. If the information you provide to the police results in the conviction of the suspect,you may be eligible for a $100 reward. If the dumping has already occurred, also call the Citizens' Service Bureau at 314-622-4800 so an investigation may be conducted by the City's Trash Task Force.
The City of St. Louis provides trash dumpsters and yard waste dumpsters in the alley. Household trash is collected twice a week on either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday, depending on where you live. Yard Waste is emptied one day during the week. These dumpsters are not intendedfor use by commercial enterprise. Each dumpster is shared by several households, but if your particular dumpster is filled you may use another. However, only the residents who live on the same block are permitted to use the dumpster in that alley.
Here are several reminders about the use and care of city dumpsters:
1. Place only yard waste, such as grass clippings,small limbs and leaves, in green yard waste dumpsters. These are identified with "yard waste only" stickers. Do not place large limbs inthe container that protrude through the opening. Protruding limbs prohibit thecontainer from being emptied.
2. Place only household trash in regular trashdumpsters. These are identified with "no yard waste" stickers.
3. Dumpsters are not supposed to be moved.
4. Dumpsters are not to be filled beyond their capacity.
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. Dumpster lids should be kept closed. Any protruding items that prohibit the lids from closing may not be placed in the container.
8. Bulk items should not be set against the dumpster or within three (3) feet of the dumpster.
The dumpsters are city property and are not provided for public use. All users of the dumpsters are expected to keep the area around the dumpsters clean and sanitary. Any violations of these rules could result in your container not being emptied as scheduled.
Roll Out Carts
Some areas without alleys are given portable rollout carts, which can be wheeled to the street for pick-up three times a week. Each individual home has its own roll out cart, and carts are shared at multi-family dwellings. The cart must be rolled to the street on designated days no later than 5:30 a.m. The handle on the cart must be on the street side for pick-up. Roll out carts may be rolled into the street if parked cars interfere with collection. The cart should be returned no later than 11:00 p.m. the same evening. Carts must be stored so that they are not visible from the street. The same Do's and Don'ts that apply to dumpster also apply to roll out carts.
Pick-up days for household trash are either Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday, depending on where you live. Yard Waste is collected each Wednesday.
Bulk Trash Collection
The City of St. Louis has a regular monthly collection of bulk items. Place no more than three (3) items behind your own property by 6:00 a.m. on Monday of the week scheduled for collection in your area. Place small or loose items in a container or bundle. Refrigerator doors must be removed; other large items need not be dismantled. Call 622-4800 for further information on which week bulk items are collected in your area. Items will be collected one day during your designated week.
City Refuse TransferStations
The City of St. Louis no longer operates a public landfill. Instead, City residents may bring their bulky items, household trash and yard waste to either of two (2) City transfer stations, which are operated under a contract with a private hauler. City Refuse Division trucks collect over 200,000 tons of residential trash and bulky items annually. The trash is taken to either of the two sites by City trucks and then transferred to trucks operated by the contractor, who then hauls the trash to a private landfill. Thus, the name "transfer station". Citizens must provide proof of residency by displaying either a current driver's license with a City address, or paid property tax receipt prior to being granted permission to dump. Only one pick-up truckload per month may be deposited at the transfer stations, and loads from any business or private hauler will not be accepted.
The transfer stations are located at 4100 S. First Street and 201 N. Humboldt Avenue. Their hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
If you see illegal dumping, call 911 then call Citizen Service Bureau at 314-622-4800.
You may also contact the Citizens Service Bureau here.
10 Minute Clean Up Challenge
We all have 10 minutes a day we can spare; why not use it to make a difference? Benton Park West Neighborhood Association is challenging you to the 10 Minute Clean Up.
The 10 Minute Clean Up Challenge
Select one BPW block; your block or an adjacent block
Take 10 minutes daily to pick up the litter; lawn to street
Do this throughout the year
Encourage your friends and neighbors to take the challenge
Share with us your before and after photos on our Facebook or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to share.
Together, we can make a difference. The best part, you'll have 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!”