Tuesday, March 31, 2009

St. Louisans Love Leftovers, Yet We're Still a Wasteful Lot

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 4:45 PM

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). Somehow, though, we rank dead-last in re-using Ziploc bags and tinfoil, two left-over staples. But, then, who wants to re-use a Ziploc bag anyway?

More survey results after the jump...

  • 64% of St. Louis residents consider themselves to be "eco-conscious"
  • 87% plan on being more environmentally conscious in the next year
  • 24% of St. Louis residents think their city is on the right track to becoming more environmentally responsible
The study was funded by the Nalge Nunc International Corporation, which sells those increasingly popular, reusable water bottles.

The city of St. Louis doesn't offer taxpayer-funded curbside recycling, though other metro areas, like Madison County in Illinois, do. However, curbside recycling is a competitive business in St. Louis, says Jerry Witter, owner of Earth Circle Recycling in St. Louis. Every trash hauler offers recycling programs, as do stand-alone recycling firms like his company.

Over the past two years, demand for recycling has picked up, especially in the commercial sector. Witter said Earth Circle serves about 500 businesses in Kirkwood, Maplewood and St. Louis, and about 6,500 residences.

View full results of how St. Louis fared in the study and read more about the study here.

A Google image search for "St. Louis Litter" came up with this photo, which is about right:

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