St. Peters residents receive a number of privileges by having a Resident Privilege Card. Some of those benefits are available when residents bring their Resident Privilege Card to St. Peters’ Earth Centre yard waste processing and composting facility at 115 Ecology Dr.
Beginning March 1, 2021, these resident privileges at Earth Centre will be revised with some new usage limits with these goals in mind:
- St. Peters resident rates are reserved only for our residents.
- Our residents continue to receive the benefits they need from our Earth Centre facility.
- These changes will only affect those who are abusing the program.
Here are the Resident Privilege Card benefits available at Earth Centre as of March 1, 2021:
- Yard waste drop-off at Earth Centre is FREE for St. Peters residents with a valid Resident Privilege Card for up to 10 cubic yards of yard waste material per household, per calendar year. That amount equals five pickup truck loads of yard waste dropped off at Earth Centre. The previous limit for free yard waste drop-off for residents was 30 cubic yards, or 15 pickup loads.
- GOLD GROW compost and double-ground mulch are both available for sale at the lowest rates for Resident Privilege Card holders for up to 10 cubic yards of product per household, per calendar year. This amount also equals five pickup truck loads of product (compost and mulch combined). There was no previous limit to resident rates for product sales at Earth Centre.
Why do we have these new limits?
These limits were determined after an analysis by City of St. Peters staff of the actual needs of St. Peters residents concerning yard waste drop-off and sales of compost and mulch. The limits are expected to curb abuse of Resident Privilege Card benefits for purposes other than serving residential homes in St. Peters. Limits will curb practices such as sharing Resident Privilege Cards with non-residents and using Resident Privilege Card benefits for commercial purposes. The purpose of Resident Privilege Card benefits is to serve the needs of our residents. We believe the new limits allow for our residents to receive the services they need to care for their lawn and gardens at the lowest cost possible. These changes will also allow our City staff to focus production efforts on the award-winning GOLD GROW composting operation so that we can continue to provide the same high-quality, nationally certified compost to our residents.
Will this affect my curbside Brown Cart yard waste service?
No. You will continue to receive weekly curbside Brown Cart yard waste collection service during 11 months of the year. (Curbside yard waste service takes a brief winter break during the month of February.) Leaf bags also are accepted curbside during March, October, November, and December (with a maximum of 20 leaf bags accepted on collection day). Yard waste drop-off at Earth Centre is an additional benefit beyond curbside service. REMEMBER: Brown Carts are for yard waste only--never place trash in Brown Carts! Brown Carts that contain trash or items other than yard waste will not be picked up. If it didn’t grow in your yard, it doesn’t belong in your Brown Cart!
How will changes at Earth Centre affect my yard waste drop-off benefits?
By analyzing usage patterns, our staff concluded that allowing 10 cubic yards (five pickup truck loads) of free yard waste drop-off for Resident Privilege Card holders should meet the needs of most residential customers. Previously, residents could drop off up to 30 cubic yards (15 pickup loads) for free. About 15% of St. Peters households (2,900 homes total) currently take advantage of free yard waste drop-off at Earth Centre. Most of those households dropped off no more than 5 pickup truck loads of yard waste. The new limit is equal to the amount of yard waste that you could fit into 22 Brown Carts or 270 leaf bags. If you need to drop off more than 10 cubic yards or 5 pickup truck loads, you will be charged Earth Centre’s standard tipping fee.
Will I be able to care for my yard at the lowest possible cost with the new limit on garden products?
Yes, we believe you can meet the needs of your lawn and garden within the new limit on resident rates for GOLD GROW compost and double-ground mulch. The typical lot size for St. Peters homes requires no more than 5 cubic yards of mulch and 2 cubic yards of compost for a growing season. The new 10-cubic-yard minimum meets the average resident’s needs and then some. We believe that the new limit allows our residents to enjoy the maximum benefits of GOLD GROW compost and double-ground mulch for their lawn and gardens each year—at the lowest price when you show your Resident Privilege Card. Plus, you can still pay just $1 per 5-gallon bucket for GOLD GROW compost or double-ground mulch. The $1 price for 5-gallon buckets is available to anyone at Earth Centre. (Just pay and load your own buckets.)
GOLD GROW compost and double-ground mulch will be available for sale at Earth Centre this year beginning March 1. Learn more about Earth Centre yard waste drop-off services and garden products.
For more information about St. Peters resident privileges, visit www.stpetersmo.net and choose the “Residents” pull-down menu.