Residential Compostables Pickup in St. Louis
Founder of Perennial City, Registered Dietitian, and passionate gardener. She earned her Master's in Nutrition & Dietetics from Saint Louis University and considers herself a budding "soil dietitian." She is forever learning more about the fascinating microcosm that is the ground we walk on. Beth's vision is for Perennial City to be a catalyst for increased hyper local food production in the city of St. Louis and to cause people to rethink what we throw away.
Perennial City co-founder, founder of Food Pedaler, and (most importantly) St. Louis's number one fan. Tim's universe expanded while completing a Permaculture Design course with special folks in Old North. He dreams of thousands of abandoned acres in North St. Louis transformed into food forests, adorned with beautiful homes built by the people who live in them. He's working to see a self-sustaining St. Louis that is a beacon for urban agriculture professionals from all over.
"Perennial City is an extremely friendly organization doing AMAZING work for the STL community. They are always super prompt with customer service and helpful text reminders to set out your compost on your stoop. The subscription amount feels truly minimal in the broader context of the amazing service that this team is doing for the earth and for our community. Our would-be garbage turned into community farms?! Magic. Thanks guys."
Leah, from Southwest Gardens.
"Great experience! I was looking for an option to start composting and stumbled upon the website. Beth responded very quickly to all my queries and made composting so easy!! Truly amazing service! We were provided with a nice magnet as a reminder on what we could compost and they provide us a fresh bucket every week with coffee chaff to control the odors if needed. Feel Greatful that I can do a little bit to help the planet and keep the good stuff out of landfill."
Puneet, from Richmond Heights.
"Love this service! Such a small price to pay for a healthier planet. Plus, they always answer questions quickly and seem very friendly. If you're in a neighborhood they service, I highly recommend them!"
Jordan, from University City.
"I could not have asked for a better experience! Perennial City makes composting so incredibly easy with clear and simple instructions and the convenience of picking it up at your door. I thought composting would be very difficult living in an apartment, but it has been the exact opposite thanks to Perennial City."
Colleen, from Clayton.
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Please leave personal care products, human or pet waste (including hair, nails, etc), liquids, and waxed paper out of your bucket.
Do not include dryer lint or vacuum cleaner particulates, they contain collected synthetics.
Any inorganic materials or products containing inorganic material are not compostable, including:
Thanks for working with us to make the best compost possible!
- • produce stickers
- • paper beverage cups (these are coated with plastic)
- • staples (for example, on tea bags)
- • tea bag wrappers (if made of foil or lined with plastic)
- • rubber bands & twist ties (from bunches of flowers, vegetables, herbs)
- • glossy paper
- • paper products contaminated with cleaning products
- • receipt paper (coated with a plastic dust)
We have many members in apartment buildings!
Our main need to serve you is for your compost courier to be able to access your bucket without assistance.
Please let us know in detail in the "where will be pick up" field on sign up what works best.
With a gate or building access code, we can pick right up at the front door of your unit!
Some apartment buildings have access during the day where we swap from the mail room or other common area. Bushes and back stairwells are some other creative options currently employed. In these cases, you'll need to let your maintenance staff know so your bucket isn't thrown away, and possibly work out a spot that is OK with them.
Please store your bucket inside to avoid attracting pests and reduce odors.
We give you a bag of odor preventer with each pickup. Layering it between each addition of scraps helps absorb moisture and reduce odor!
We'll drop your bucket off the on the first pickup day for your neighborhood following your sign up.
If you sign up early on the day your neighborhood gets collected, we are sometimes able to drop off that day.
Yeah, it's kind of confusing. We had to google it, and apparently it can go either way. In our case, it means we're picking up every other week. This is ideal for households of two or less.
Our buckets are 4 gallon capacity, square-shaped for space efficiency. They conveniently fit under your sink or in most cabinets.
Dimensions: 9.5"W x 12.5"H.
Paper towels and napkins with food remnants, dirt or water are perfectly good to go in your bucket! Please do not include paper towels or napkins with any sort of cleaner on them.
We make pickups between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m on your neighborhood-specific pickup day. We'll send you a helpful email the night before!
Perennial City is not expanding our service area—our model is community scale full circle food production, and to do this well we are focused on our current neighborhoods.
If you love this vision, and would like to be a part of the movement farming and serving neighborhoods of your own, we could help and would love to hear from you.
We turn your scraps into amazing compost right here in St Louis's West End neighborhood! You are helping to build urban farms and the local food web with what would otherwise have been waste!
Sure thing! Team members have the option to receive a compost once yearly, and we do compost giveback with bucket swaps in the Spring and Fall. It takes about a full year for our special process, though we only ask members to be with us for 6 months before receiving their first compost giveback.
You will be requested to pay a bucket replacement fee of $15.