Composting Resources

Composting classes, speaker's bureaus, and publications. Information about free mulch and compost for City of St. Louis residents. Businesses that accept organics for composting.

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Composting Links

Composting and Biodegradable Products
Composting at Home
Composting with Worms
Organics Recycling - Composting

Speaker's Bureaus

The following organizations offer speakers who will visit your meetings to present on the topics listed below:

St. Louis Master Gardener Program

  • "Backyard Composting"
  • "Sustainable Gardening - Holistic Gardening"

List of Publications

Below is a list of free publications available on the subject of home mulching and composting, as well as instructions on how to build your own compost bins. Send an e-mail to or call (314) 353-8877 if you’d like these publications to be mailed to your home.

City of St. Louis Collection Program

For those residents who don't have the physical ability, space, or use for mulching or composting their yard waste, the City of St. Louis operates a separate weekly collection service for yard waste during the spring, summer, and fall. Residents with alley dumpsters should place yard waste in separate dumpsters marked "Yard Waste Only." Residents with smaller roll-out carts receive a separate collection for yard waste on Wednesday of each week. Residents may bundle limbs in six foot lengths and place them out for the monthly bulk pick up. The Refuse Division will also accept one pick-up truck load of yard waste each month from residents at either the north or south transfer station (with proof of residency). Visit the Refuse Division's "Guidelines for Resident Dumping" webpage or call 353-8877 for more information.

City residents can recycle yard waste by dropping it off once a month at the Forestry Division's Compost Section at 560 Terminal Row (located off of Hall Street) in the Baden area (zip code 63147). For more information, please visit the Forestry Division Compost Section's webpage at

Free Mulch And Compost

The Forestry Division Compost Section's Contractor mulches and composts yard waste generated by St. Louis City residents and the Forestry Division. At select locations, this mulch and compost is available free of charge to City residents. For more information, please visit the Forestry Division Compost Section's webpage at

Companies That Accept Drop-Off of Organic Waste (From Residents or Businesses)

missouriOrganic Resource Management, Inc.
Location: Fort Bellefontaine Compost Center, 13060 County Park Road, Florissant, Missouri 63034
Hours: 730am-430pm Monday-Saturday.
Fee: $8.00 per cubic yard.
Materials Accepted: yard waste only (e.g., leaves, grass, tree trimmings, etc.).
Phone: 314.355.0052

missouriSt. Louis Composting, Inc.
Fee: Yes.
Materials Accepted: Clean vegetative yard waste only.

  • Location: 39 Old Elam Avenue, Valley Park, Missouri 63088
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday 7am-3pm.
    Phone: 636.861.3344
  • Location: 3521 Centreville Avenue, Millstadt, Illinois 62226
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 7am-3pm.
    Phone: 618.233.2007
  • Location: 11294 Schaeffer Road, Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043
    Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-4pm.

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