Did you know?
Many conventional lawn and garden products sold at the Big Box stores are considered Household Hazardous Waste!
Many common products are hazardous because they contain chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive. Pouring these products down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash can harm the environment and endanger our health.
A sustainable backyard doesn’t use these chemicals. There are alternative products like corn gluten and diatomaceous earth that you can ask for at enlightened shops and garden centers. Or use compost tea, vinegar or plain old salt, in moderation. For a safe-on-vegetables bug spray, make your own using Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap!
1st Live with Nature. Plant trap crops. Accept imperfection.
2nd Choose safer, organic alternatives.
3rd Make your own weed and pest control products.
4th Dispose of conventional garden products and pesticides by appointment at one of these Saint Louis Household Hazardous Waste Facilities:
Lemay HHW Facility
291 E. Hoffmeister
St. Louis, MO 63125
North County HHW Facility
4100 Seven Hills Drive
St. Louis, MO 63033
Paints, stains, varnishes, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, gasoline and other fuels, solvents and strippers, aerosols, motor oil and filters, gas cylinders (20-gallon tanks or smaller), fluorescent tubes, rechargeable batteries, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pool chemicals and other acids and bases, car batteries, fire extinguishers, hazardous cleaners ,wood preservatives, driveway sealant, and items containing mercury (such as thermometers, thermostats, and mercuric salts).
For detailed information on composting, recycling, and disposing of pesticides and yard chemicals visit St. Louis Regional Household Hazardous Waste Website
Composting is Cool! Trashing your Yard Waste is Not!
Missouri Law prohibits the disposal of yard waste in landfills because it can be easily composted into a natural material that benefits Missouri soils. The disposal of grass clippings, brush, and tree limbs measuring six (6) inches or less in diameter with your regular waste is prohibited. If you throw yard waste in the city green waste dumpsters, make sure you don’t throw plastic bags or any kind of plastic or trash in there with it.