St Louis Park Homeowners Recycling Change for 2013

December 14, 2012

St. Louis Park has been a leader in municipal garbage and recycling collection in the past, and the City Council is proposing program changes beginning in October 2013 that will help ensure that St. Louis Park continues to be a leader in the future. Through changes to our garbage and recycling program, plus the addition of organics collection, St. Louis Park hopes to provide one of the most comprehensive garbage and recycling programs in the state.

Why is the city proposing this?
It’s simple. Our city’s Vision is clear: “St. Louis Park is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship. We will increase environmental consciousness and responsibility in all areas of city business.”

The main goals the city hopes to reach through the proposed changes to its residential programs are to encourage garbage reduction, increase recycling, and begin an organics collection program.

Residents already use a pay-as-you-throw system to pay for collection, but through these program changes the City Council is looking at ways to set garbage rates that provide incentives to residents to reduce waste and increase recycling participation. The good news is that the proposed program changes will be easy for residents to do.

Proposed Garbage Changes
Proposed Garbage Changes
The city has sent several educational pieces to residents over the past few months describing the changes. Additional information can be found in the 2012 City Council study sessions reports for January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11 and September 24.

What would stay the same?

  • Weekly collection using city-owned carts
  • Existing service levels between 30 and 540 gallons would still be available
  • Extra Refuse Stickers still required for extra bagged household garbage
  • Carts stored outside need to be behind the building line, extended four feet from interior lot lines, and the least visible location to neighbors