Sustainability Efforts

Sustainability Efforts rev

Sustainability efforts

Electronics Recycling + Document Shredding Drive-Thru Event
We've begun partnering with the City of Maplewood to offer our community one event where they can recycle electronics AND shred documents. Both cities were awarded grants separately from Saint Louis County Department of Health utilizing County landfill surcharge funds to help subsidize the costs and reduce waste.

This year's free* drive-thru event will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center.  
* Due to limited funding, there is a cap on the number of items that can be recycled for free. Proof of residency is required.

-- Spectrum Ecycle is our recycler. Residents of St. Louis County will be allowed to recycle up to two (2) TVs and/or computer monitors free of charge while funding is available. Additional items can be recycled - many are free, some others have a fee.

-- Shred-It is the document shredding company. Residents of St. Louis County can shred up to two (2) bankers boxes per vehicle. Participants should ONLY shred items with personally identifiable information. Items that DO NOT contain personally identifiable information should be recycled directly in your curbside recycling cart. 

The event is made possible by a grant from St. Louis County's Department of Health utilizing County landfill surcharge funds.

2022 Backyard Composting Program
The City of Richmond Heights was awarded a grant from the St. Louis County Department of Health (utilizing County landfill surcharge funds) to supplement the cost of 100 compost bin kits for residents of Richmond Heights. The cost to residents was $20 (an $80 value!). The kits were purchased by interested residents in early Spring 2022 and picked up locally. Compost bins are no longer available. 

The program was a big success!  

The kits included the following:
  • One (1) "Home Composting Handbook" - a comprehensive booklet describing unnamedthe latest in backyard composting techniques. Assembly instructions are also illustrated in the handbook.
  • Four (4) screws/anchor pegs to secure to the ground.
  • One (1) lid
  • One (1) top
  • One (1) bottom
  • One (1) harvest door
  • One (1) rodent screen/base
  • One (1) kitchen scrap pail with lid
  • One (1) Rottwheeler ( another helpful guide on how to use your compost bin)
You can learn all about the compost bins and about composting here.

The event was made possible by a grant from St. Louis County's Department of Health utilizing County landfill surcharge funds.

Contact Mary Binns, Community Relations Coordinator, at mbinns@richmondheights.org for questions.
Climate Action Plan
The City is committed to doing its part to take care of the environment. About every four years and/or as budget allows, we analyze the data available to determine areas we excel and those which need improvement.  You can view these reports below. 
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       2012 Climate Action Plan

Electric Vehicle Charging Station at THE HEIGHTS
The City of Richmond Heights applied for and received approval for an Ameren Charge Ahead Program grant for the installation of a dual-port Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at THE HEIGHTS: Community Center and Memorial Library. The EV Charging station was installed in April 2020 along the east driveway of THE HEIGHTS parking lot. It is available for charging electric vehicles between the hours of 6:00am - 9:00pm. The EV Charging Station is listed on plugshare.com.

The City of Richmond Heights is the first municipality in the State of Missouri to apply for, receive approval, and install an EV Charging Station through the grant program. The City will be reimbursed for the costs involved to acquire and install the EV Charging Station up to $10,000 per the grant agreement. A representative from Ameren will present the City with the reimbursement check formally at an upcoming in-person City Council meeting.

Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson, a key player in getting the new charging station project off the ground, states, “I’m proud to see Richmond Heights take a progressive step forward, helping to conserve our planet and our City for future generations.”

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Outdoor Classroom
The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom opened in April of 2012. It is attached to the colorful playground on the western side of THE HEIGHTS Community Center and Memorial Library located at 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. It is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom gives an opportunity for play in a nature-based setting in an urban community. It is geared to children ages 2 through 12 and features different areas like Music and Movement, Building Blocks, and more.

Learn more about it here.

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