St. Louis city experimenting with once-a-week trash pick ups - KMOV.com

St. Louis city experimenting with once-a-week trash pick ups

(KMOV) - The city of St. Louis is experimenting picking up trash once a week instead of the usual twice weekly collection.

The city says it can save a lot of money by only picking up trash once a week, which is quite the norm in most metropolitans.

There are some issues to consider, however.

Some blocks generate more trash than others, so some neighborhoods will be clean while others stay dirty. The city has put out larger dumpsters on some routes to handle excess trash, but there still is progress to be made.

The city says recycling is one way to cut down on too full dumpsters.

"Oftentimes when we get them and they're full, there are whole boxes in there nobody broke down," says St. Louis Streets Director Todd Waelterman.

The city has installed 27 recycling spots all round the area.

Waelterman says picking up trash once a week is still in the trial phase, and no permanent decisions will be made until April at the earliest.

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