Home Compost Pickup in St. Louis
"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.
"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.
Since 2017, Perennial City has been on a mission to help transform vacant,
unused land into beautiful and productive urban farms.
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 and offset literal tons of carbon emmissions every week—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!
Currently, your compostables are saved from becoming waste, and delivered to the Helt Bros Farm just across the river in Illinois. Their heritage breed hens get first choice of the best goodies, and the rest is used to regenerate their land.
Are you a local farm or community garden seeking organics to build compost for your agricultural needs? Let us know!
Check out link.perennial.city/no for the full scoop!
Please leave "compostable/biodegradable" bioplastics, 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:
- • 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!
Please store your bucket inside to avoid attracting pests and reduce odors.
To keep your scraps as fresh as possible, store your bucket indoors and keep your lid snapped on tight to prevent unwelcome visitors making a home.
Add scraps, trimmings and leftovers, but not foods that are already putrid or look like a science experiment ;)
Be sure to have your bucket out on pickup day to never miss a pickup! Scraps older than two weeks may no longer be compostable.
Your scraps feed the world's sweetest flock of chickens and are turned into amazing compost at a family farm! You are helping to build farms and the local food web with what would otherwise have been waste!Perennial City is currently on the hunt for a permanent industrial/agricultural location to grow our composting operation. If you know of somewhere that seems like a good fit, drop us a line!
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.
You will be requested to pay a bucket replacement fee of $15.
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 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 we 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.
We make pickups between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m on your neighbohood-specific pickup day. We'll send you a helpful reminder email the night before!
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 who are not avid cooks.
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
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.
We are only able to provide event composting for current members at events within our service area. If this is the case for you, shoot us an email.
We are not equipped for commercial composting. However, if you are a restaurant in our service area interested in composting pre-consumer food scraps only, we'd love to chat.
We commit all profits to support the work of Perennial City Academy.