Environmental Investigations Unit

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The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Environmental Investigations Unit (E.I.U.) was established in 2010. This unit responds to illegal dumping and related environmental complaints within St. Louis City limits. The unit is comprised of 12 Investigative Detectives. These highly trained and specialized investigators analyze over 275 alleyway camera systems in an effort to enforce various environmental violations. The camera systems operate on solar and have a low carbon footprint. E.I.U. Investigators, while reviewing camera data assist various St. Louis Police units with their investigations, I.E. Burglary, Auto Theft and Robbery Squads.

Additionally, the E.I.U. Unit investigates cases involving The Environmental Protection Agency and The Department of Natural Resources. The Environmental Investigations Unit is part of a city-wide effort with the City Streets, Refuse and The Health Department to maintain a high quality of life for its residents and business owners. The Environmental Investigations Unit Detectives, in an effort to educate the community on the importance of proper refuse disposal attend city neighborhood meetings.

Contact CSB using any one of the following options:

  • Online: Use the Request a City Service web-based form.
  • By Phone: Call 314-622-4800 Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.
  • By Fax: Fax all information required to 314-622-4310.
  • Using Twitter: Tweet using the @stlcsb [twitter.com] handle.
  • By e-mail: send an e-mail to us at csb@stlouis-mo.gov

If you know of an active dumping location please contact our city partner, The Citizens Service Bureau by calling, 314-622-4800, a reward up to $100 for cases that lead to a conviction are available.

Every year, St. Louis City residents can bring up to 12 loads of trash, yard waste, recycling, bulk or BOAT (car batteries, motor oil, appliances and car tires) items to the City Transfer Stations. Commercial trucks are not allowed. Rental trucks are acceptable. Loads will be inspected on-site by Refuse staff who will direct vehicle to appropriate disposal location(s).

Transfer stations are now open 7 days per week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, except on City-observed holidays.

The North Transfer Station is located at 4124 North First Street, 63147.
The South Transfer Station is located at 4100 South First Street, 63118.

Bring proof of identity and residency documents.

For Homeowners:

  • Your driver’s license or State ID, and a recent combined Water/Solid Waste Fee statement that demonstrates you own property in the City.

For Renters:
  • Your driver’s license or State ID, and any other recent utility bill that demonstrates you live in city.
  • Confirm that the property owner pays the Solid Waste Fee, if the property owner does not, renters are not eligible for the drop-off service.

Please refer to the City of St. Louis Refuse Website for more information.

When Residents and Non-Residents illegally dump trash in St. Louis City alley ways and dumpsters or vacant lots the city tracks and fines the violation.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's Environmental Investigations Unit is the authority that targets illegal dumping in alleys and lots in the City of St. Louis.

Residents too can assist in our effort to keep the city clean by reporting violations and/or providing detailed information. Illegal dumping is dumping of any waste, whether it is oil, furniture, appliances, trash, litter, yard waste or others upon any public right-of-way, City property or private property, without consent of the owner.

If you are witnessing illegal dumping in process, call the police non emergency number at (314) 231-1212 so staff can begin an immediate investigation.

  • Report the Incident to the Citizens Service Bureau
  • Choose the most accurate violation type
  • Provide the correct address of the location
  • Provide a detailed description of the violation (type of debris, vehicle involved, time of day if known, what you have observed, etc.).

What to expect

Issue a work order for remediation and trash removal.
Refer the incident for Investigation if warranted.
If the information submitted to the Environmental Investigations Unit leads to an arrest and conviction of persons who engage in illegal dumping, the person who reported the incident may receive a monetary reward.