Perennial City Composting
Residential Compost Pickup in St. Louis
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About Us

Perennial City is on a mission to transform vacant, unused land in North St. Louis into beautiful and productive urban farms. We have begun work on 2.5 acres in the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods, North of Delmar. This is made possible by your support of Perennial City Composting! Subscribing with us doesn't just keep those valuable scraps out of the landfill – your finished compost serves as the foundation for growing a more vibrant and healthier St. Louis through urban food production. We're excited to grow with you!

Beth
Beth

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.

Tim
Tim

Perennial City co-founder, founder of Food Pedaler, and (most importantly) St. Louis's number one fan. Completion of a Permaculture Design Certification course with special folks in Old North changed his life. He dreams of the thousands of abandoned acres in North St. Louis being transformed into farms and food forests, adorned with homes built by the people who live in them. He wants to see our city self-sustaining, a beacon for urban agriculture professionals from all over.

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The Details

We are delighted to help St. Louis City, University City, and Clayton keep the good stuff out of landfills. Here are some of the neighborhoods we serve:

Ames Place

Benton Park

Botanical Heights

Central West End

Clayton

Compton Heights

DeBaliviere Place

Downtown

DeMun

The Delmar Loop

Dogtown

Forest Park Southeast

Fox Park

The Grove

The Hill

Lafayette Square

Maplewood / Richmond Heights

Midtown

Parkview Place

Shaw

Skinker-DeBaliviere

Soulard

Southwest Gardens

Tower Grove Heights

University City

West End

Wydown-Skinker

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything I can't compost?

Please leave greasy food scraps, fats, oils, liquids, waxed paper, and pet waste out of your bucket.
Any inorganic materials or products containing inorganic material are not compostable.
This includes:

  • 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)
Thanks for working with us to make the best compost possible!

I live in an apartment building. Will you be able to pick up my compost?

Most definitely! We'll work together to determine the best spot to set out your scraps. When subscribing, leave a thorough description where we ask about pick up location.

When does my susbcription start?

We'll drop a bucket off the first Tuesday following your sign up.
Your subscription will be set to start this Tuesday, as well.

Hey, wait, so what does bi-weekly mean?

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.

How big is the bucket?

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.

Can I compost my used paper towels and napkins?

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.

Do I need to be home when you pick up my bucket?

Nope!

When will my bucket be picked up?

We currently make pickups on Tuesday and Friday, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. We'll send you a helpful text the night before!

Aw, man! My neighborhood is not listed on your Service Area page. Can I still join the Perennial City Team?

For the best experience possible, we have a specific service area.
If you aren't in one of our neighborhoods, and want to be a part of what we're doing, email us at howdy@perennial.city, we'll see if we can can help you get composting, and let you know if we add your neighborhood.

Where do my scraps go?

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!

Can I get some of that sweet, sweet compost?

Sure thing! Team members have the option to receive a compost giveback once yearly. It takes about 6 months to get it perfect, so that is how long we ask members to be with us before receiving their first compost giveback.

I'm interested in your services for my restaurant. Can we set that up?
What happens if I lose or damage my bucket?

You will be requested to pay a bucket replacement fee of $15.

Do you provide composting services for events?

Let's chat! You guessed it: Send us an email.