In late 2006 and early 2007, a solid waste composition study was conducted by the Midwest Assistance Program, which was contracted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Fifteen locations throughout Missouri (including the City of St. Louis Refuse Division's South Transfer Station) were sampled and analyzed to determine what is in our waste stream and how much.
The City of St. Louis Refuse Division manages waste from only City residents and City Government; we do not collect or accept waste from businesses, non-profit organizations, or institutions (e.g., schools, religious facilities, hospitals). In 2009, the Refuse Division landfilled 204,731 tons of solid waste. Some of that waste was collected from City Government buildings and operations; public spaces (e.g., parks, sidewalks); bulky waste (e.g., furniture, cabinetry); and citizen drop-offs of solid waste. However, 70%, or 142,646 tons, were residential waste collected from alley dumpsters and curbside rollcarts. To dispose of our residential waste, the City of St. Louis spent $4,871,895 in landfill tipping fees.