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 secretary@bentonparkwest.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!”


Property owners are responsible for keeping their half of the alley free of litter, weeds and overgrown trees, and in safe and sanitary conditions. The City contracts out maintenance of street and alley lighting to Ameren UE. To report any alley or easement light out, call Ameren UE at 314-342-1000.


If you witness illegal dumping in an alley, street, sidewalk, vacant lot or someone's yard, call 911, and give the license number and a description of the vehicle used. If your information results in the conviction of the suspect, you may be eligible for a $100 reward. If the dumping has already occurred, also contact the Citizens' Service Bureau so the City's Trash Task Force can  conduct an investigation. 


Trash Collection


Refuse Containers

The City of St. Louis provides trash dumpsters, collected twice a week, and yard waste dumpsters, emptied weekly, in the alley. These dumpsters are not intended for use by commercial enterprise. Each dumpster is shared by several households, but if your dumpster is filled, you may use another dumpster on the same block.

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 in the container that protrude through the opening. Protruding limbs prohibit the container from being emptied.

2. Place only household trash in regular trash dumpsters. 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.


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

In areas without alleys, each home or multi-family dwelling is given a portable rollout cart with pick-up three times a week. The cart must be rolled to the street on designated days no later than 5:30 a.m. The cart handle 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  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 Transfer Stations

The City of St. Louis no longer operates a public landfill. Instead, City residents may bring bulky items, household trash and yard waste to either of two (2) City transfer stations. Residential trash and bulky items collected by City Refuse Division trucks are taken here to be transferred to trucks operated by a private contractor and then hauled to a private landfill; thus the name "transfer station".


Prior to being granted permission to dump, citizens must prove residency by displaying a current driver's license with a City address or a paid property tax receipt. Only one pick-up truck load 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.