1860's Saloon & Hardshell Café partners with Blue Skies Recycling to divert waste from landfills

ST. LOUIS, MO. – It is not often that a restaurant general manager boast about diverting tons of food or recyclable waste from landfills, but that is just what Nathan Gullickson of 1860’s Saloon and Hardshell Café is doing. He is not your average buckaroo. The Western old time themed saloon and café partnered with Blue Skies Recycling to reduce the amount of food and recyclable waste they send to the landfill.

By using Blue Skies, Gullickson said 1860’s Saloon was able to reduce the frequency of their regular trash pickups to twice a week, saving them money.

“I hope to be able to cut that down even more, to once a week after the staff is completely trained with our new trash policies,” he said.

1860’s Saloon, located at 1860 S. 9th Street in the historic Soulard neighborhood, is home to St. Louis’ best live blues bands. The saloon’s game bar is fully equipped with a pool table; shuffleboard, darts, foosball and large screen TVs. Guests can relax inside the Hardshell Café, which has an outdoor garden and some of the best fresh seafood and Cajun specialty dishes around. 

Although 1860’s have begun to salvage their waste, Gullickson said he feels his restaurant and saloon could divert more organics. The saloon and café “are still working on the most efficient way to implement Blue Skies Recycling” as related to food waste, he said.

“It is nice just seeing how much cardboard and glass bottles that are diverted from a landfill,” Gullickson said.

About Blue Skies Recycling- Harry Cohen, a passionate recycler, founded Blue Skies in St. Louis, MO in 2010. His enthusiasm for the cause comes from his grandfather and father, who both had careers in the recycling business. Blue Skies reduces landfill waste and improves the environment through customized waste collection, valet-style pickup and “green marketing” services. Cohen’s passion results not only in a greener planet, but also satisfied clients.