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click to enlarge St. Louis City will resume alley recycling on May 31.  - THEN KECK VIA FLICKR

St. Louis City will resume alley recycling on May 31.

The City of St. Louis Streets Department announced this week that alleyway recycling pick-ups will return on the last day of the month. The city says the change is possible because it has invested in more truck mechanics and plans to use the Refuse Division’s resources more effectively.

“The Refuse Division serves 80,000 households in the city, and we have worked tirelessly to resume alleyway recycling for St. Louisans,” Streets Department Director Betherny Williams said in a statement. “Our data-driven plan will help us increase our transparency and efficiency around waste collection and recycling, and the Refuse Division will consistently monitor and adjust our routes as needed.”

The city picks up routes that regularly produce less recycling once a week and monitors more high-yield routes to determine if additional pick-ups are needed. The city is asking residents to ease pressure on the resumption of service by depositing only truly recyclable items in the bins.

Recycling of blue trash cans has been paused since July 2021, when a labor shortage caused the city to combine waste and recycling and ask residents to take recyclable materials to designated drop-off points, KSDK reports. The outlet reports that the city faced criticism in December for continuing to collect fees even though there was no recycling.

In August, the city announced a $3,000 sign-up bonus for new truck drivers, Fox 2 reports. Still, the effort so far seemed to have little effect.

In her State of the City address at the end of April, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones promised that the city would bring back recycling by May.

“The alleyway recycling collection is an important and critical service that our residents rely on every week and despite the challenges the city faces, we use data to inform and improve our operations,” said Nancy Cross, director of operations at City of St. Louis. † “We have worked hard to get to this point and we ask for your patience as we work our way through all the bumps in the road.”

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