Artfully Repurposed Trash Bins in The LOOP

The East Loop Community Improvement District (CID) repurposed ten old concrete trash receptacles, each weighing a substantial 400 pounds, into planters and decorative street fixtures. This initiative addresses a hard-to-recycle item, repurposing the hefty concrete containers into artist-designed planters filled with soil and plants. The trash receptacles were adorned with artist-created designs to serve as decorative street fixtures, ultimately enhancing the underserved areas of the district. STLArtworks played a pivotal role in this project, collaborating with the East Loop CID to provide artistic design expertise and engage youth apprentices in the creation of the planters and decorative street fixtures. This transformative project left an enduring imprint on the community, promoting youth art, creativity, community engagement, and environmental enhancement. The strategically placed planters effectively deterred unwanted behaviors, exemplifying the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). With approximately 500,000 annual visitors to the Delmar Loop, this project created a positive impact by saving around 2,000 pounds of concrete from landfills, revitalizing and enhancing the appearance of certain areas, and adding captivating public art to the community. The transformed trash receptacles provide a warm welcome to visitors, showcasing the district’s commitment to sustainability and creativity. We want to thank our partners and collaborators: St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management, STL Artworks, Harambee, and Forest ReLeaf.