Don't feel too guilty about not finishing your nachos at Busch Stadium. Chances are the leftover chips (and other half-eaten scraps) will make their way to St. Louis Composting for use as lawn and garden food. A similar second chance exists for unsold food at the ballpark. It is donated to Operati ... More >>
Got drugs? The city of St. Louis wants 'em. In an effort to curb medication abuse, city officials are partnering this week with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to remove "dangerous, unused and unwanted medications" from their ho ... More >>
Update: A waste management company that oversees a landfill in Bridgeton is aware that residents have been making a big stink about apparently awful, horrible smells forcing people to cover their faces when they go outside -- so bad that some say they can't even escape the stench inside their own ho ... More >>
It's been six months since all St. Louis households have had access to curbside recycling via those blue alley dumpsters or roll-out bins. And already city officials say they're seeing a huge uptick in the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Though there is definitely room for improvement.
Paying for recycling services is not optional, says the Missouri Appellate Court.A group of St. Louis County residents has lost another round in its effort to opt out of a recycling service -- and the quarterly fees that go with it.Today's appeals court decision is the latest (and possibly final) ... More >>
Sanitation workers in Springfield were just about to operate the garbage compactor on their trash truck yesterday when they noticed an inebriated woman passed out among the debris in back of the vehicle. "It looks like she made a really bad decision on where to sleep," Springfield Police spokesman C ... More >>
Not completely useless.Got a few hangers holding bad ideas? Never going to fit into those pants again?Well, a University of Missouri professor wants you to think twice before throwing them out, even if they're too horrifying to inflict on your local Goodwill.Professor Jana Hawley, department chai ... More >>
Coming to a neighborhood near you!Just got off the phone with a couple of city officials who tell Daily RFT that St. Louis is indeed going forward with curbside recycling. The recycling service will be part of the new pay service for trash pickup that the city is implementing to offset budget sho ... More >>
Image courtesy of Margaret Bour Common Chesterfield recyclablesLast October, the RFT detailed a neighborhood dispute between the Parkway School District and the residents of a white-collar subdivision in Chesterfield. The school district said it recycled more than 1,300 tons of trash each ... More >>
'Cause we don't want our alleys looking like this.Mayor Francis Slay's office today announced that St. Louis is resuming twice-weekly trash pick up effective immediately. In an effort to save money, the city began a trial once-a-week trash pick up program last November that affected about 40 per ... More >>
Trash collection was making some downtown residents grouchy.St. Louis alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett this morning introduced legislation regulating the hours that trash trucks can haul waste from businesses located near residential property. On her blog today, the downtown alderwoman (Ward 6) wr ... More >>
The good news? A new study out today ranks St. Louis as the 21st least-wasteful city in the United States. The bad news? The study surveyed just 25 metro areas.Though our city finishes near the bottom in 23 categories, we do love our leftovers (we rank third in re-eating previous meals). ... More >>
Let your lungs do the talking
Native Americans trash plans to expand a sprawling Illinois landfill.
Environmentalists decry the expansion of a gigantic Illinois landfill.
Week of March 23, 2006
St. Louis is way behind the recycling curve. Don't expect that to change.
From the top of Mount Milam to the depths of the Pit with the people who take out St. Louis' garbage
Published the week of June 28-July 4, 2000
There's more than one way to destroy a bedpan
Tony Ribaudo's failed effort in the scrap-iron business leaves the former state lawmaker and mayoral candidate with citations for illegal dumping and a $28,000 debt to the city