Reducing Waste

Start with Easy Steps to Reduce Waste

  • Avoid single-use items (like paper towels or disposal wipes) which are made from natural resources and then shipped, purchased, used once and thorn into the garbage - only to be transported to the landfill. Use a cloth or rag instead!
  • Invest in quality items that last longer. Cheaply-made items usually end up in the landfill.
  • Save space and money while reducing your impact on the landfill by borrowing or renting occasional household tools and appliances. Make friends with neighbors and borrow items you don't need on a regular basis.
  • Look for reduced packaging when shopping.
  • Make a habit of always carrying a reusable shopping bag.

Recycle - It's Easy!

Creve Coeur has a curbside toter recycling program. Click here for a list of recyclables.
Recycling isn't just about newspapers, cardboard and empty soup cans. Find out where to recycle items that aren't included in Creve Coeur’s curbside program by checking out the St. Louis County Department of Health recycling site.

Compost Lawn and Kitchen Scraps Our trash contractor, Republic Services, provides yard waste collection to single family residential properties in Creve Coeur for a nominal fee. Call Republic Services to rent a yard waste toter or purchase yard waste stickers and bags from your local grocery stores.

Reduce your household waste and help the environment by composting at home. Turn uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, egg shells and other organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. Check out the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center site which will give information on Adult Classes.

Say no to junk mail

While all consumers receive junk mail, many don't realize they can opt out of direct mail solicitations. This can be done online at or by U.S. Mail at:

DMA Mail Preference Service
PO Box 643
Carmel NY 10512

This is a voluntary service run by the Direct Marketing Association. While not enforceable by law, most consumers report a significant reduction in their unsolicited mail.

Consumers can also opt out of pre-approved (or pre-screened) offers of credit and insurance. You have this right under federal law. Opting out can be done online at or by phone at 1-888-5OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688). Unwanted credit card offers you do receive should be shredded or destroyed to prevent identity theft.