News Release 126

Department of Natural Resources issues waiver to aid in cleanup following St. Louis area tornadoes

Volume 39-126 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 25, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is waiving specific solid waste regulations to give residents and communities in the St. Louis area affected by Friday night’s tornadoes additional flexibility in cleaning up.

The waiver will allow vegetative waste, such as brush and yard waste, which normally is excluded from permitted sanitary landfills, to be taken to such landfills if the landfill agrees to accept the waste. The department is encouraging residents to recycle appliances damaged in the storm, but in cases where it is impractical to separate the appliances from other storm debris, the department is also allowing these items to be taken to a landfill. Again, the landfill must be willing to accept the appliances.

The department is encouraging cities and counties to coordinate collection of damaged appliances so refrigerants can be legally recovered from air conditioners, freezers and refrigerators before recycling.

The department continues to strongly encourage, but not require, composting of vegetative waste where practical. The waiver applies only to yard waste and does not allow disposal of other items normally prohibited in sanitary or demolition landfills.

The waiver shall be in effect until May 23 unless extended. Fact sheets on proper disposal of storm debris and other related information are available on the department’s website:

Residents or businesses involved in storm debris cleanup should call the Department of Natural Resource’s St. Louis Regional Office at 314-416-2960 for additional information or clarification of the waiver.