It All StArted WIth PIgS
One hundred YeArS Of fIndIng the rIght PlAce fOr WASte
Happy Birthday to Us! Don’t look now, but 100 years has gone by fast for the Saint Louis County Department of Health!
Established in 1906, our department has grown and evolved as the needs of the residents we serve have changed.
The Department has long worked to ensure the healthiest setting for residents. In addition to caring for the ill, we have
established comprehensive programs to prevent illnesses. An important component of those programs is tied to the proper
management of our wastes.
One of the biggest challenges we face is providing services that encourage the proper use of today’s resources, while at the
same time, being able to anticipate and plan for future needs. Our involvement with the new regional electronics recycling
program, e-cycle St. Louis, is a great example of how to meet this challenge (and win!). ReSource St. Louis is another
great program our Department has helped spearhead. This project is focused on diverting construction waste from landfills
by increasing recycling efforts and materials reuse. We are also working with community partners and businesses to create
permanent drop-off sites for household chemicals such as motor oil, paint, and pesticides – stay tuned for more details!
None of these successes would have been possible without the hard work of the dedicated Department staff. Please join
me in thanking them for a job well done!
Dolores Gunn, MD
Director, Saint Louis County Department of Health
s the Saint Louis County Department of Health
celebrates its 100th anniversary, we reflect back
on how waste management has evolved in the
Did you know that before the modern day convenience of
garbage disposals, pigs were used to dispose of food waste?
In the early 1900s, food waste was taken to “piggeries” where
75 pigs would consume an estimated one ton of food refuse per
day. Piggeries remained open until the late