A new campaign aimed at improving waste collection service in St. Louis, Missouri, is set to launch April 9, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Clean Up St. Louis campaign, which has been initiated by Mayor Lyda Krewson’s administration, has been set in motion to both crack down on illegal dumping and ensure waste is collected in a timely manner.
Because of complaints about delayed pickups, the city is changing its waste collection schedule. Haulers will now pick up refuse in two shifts throughout the day: One from 4 a.m. to noon, and the other from noon to 8 p.m. The city says the staggered collection times, which are scheduled to be in place until mid-July, will help prevent wear and tear on some of the city’s older collection trucks and allow the city to replace some units without delaying service.
According to the report, St. Louis sanitation workers have often had to make do with a fleet that was missing half of its trucks due to maintenance issues in past years, which led to delays in service. However, the city has purchased nine new collection trucks and nine others are being built for delivery in the coming months. These new trucks are expected to help cut down on the city's service-related issues.
Through Clean Up St. Louis, the city also plans to install 100 new surveillance cameras throughout the region. The city hopes these cameras help cut down on reported incidents of illegal dumping, which often occurs in neglected lots and alleys throughout St. Louis. While the city has deployed surveillance cameras in the past to cut down on illegal dumping, most of these are now inoperable or outdated. Along with the cameras, the city is also offering rewards of up to $100 for information leading to the arrest of perpetrators who have been caught dumping refuse illegally throughout the city.
The Clean Up St. Louis campaign has been made possible by a recent $3 increase in residents’ monthly garbage fees, which will bring in an additional $3.6 million to the city.