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Do you have fresh fruits or vegetables from your garden you would like to donate?  If you have bulk items, contact Second Harvest or the Emergency Food Shelf to ask about their donation process.  If you have small quantities of food to donate, contact your nearest food shelf or meal program.  It is best to call ahead to see when and how the food should be delivered. 

For monetary donations, contact Harvest for the Hungry, a partnership with community supported agriculture (CSA) farms to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to Minnesota households facing hunger.

Backyard Composting
Check back soon for updated residential composting regulations in Saint Paul.  If you live in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood, learn about their composting programs here.

Organic Waste Management for Businesses
The Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project has consultants that work with businesses for free on organic waste management in a manner that saves businesses money and protects the environment.

Minnesota Waste Wise delivers strategic environmental consulting to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency. As part of the Resource Recovery Project, Waste Wise is working on direct consultation for businesses on organic waste.  651.292.4675

JL Taitt and Associates has provided a variety of technical assistance and consultation services for institutional generators, such as school districts, hospital and nursing homes, alternative care facilities, and colleges and universities. This work will continue through the Resource Recovery Project, with a focus on health-care and alternative care facilities and schools. 763.504.2445

In addition to the free consultation services noted above, the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project is in the midst of creating an East Metro Commercial Organics and Recycling website targeted to local businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties with resources tailored to meet their needs. The website will act as a portal for commercial generators to make decisions for recycling and organics management and is expected to launch in late summer/early fall. The website aims to raise awareness, provide local relevent tool kits for businesses, provide access to project and County resources that are available, and provide connectiosn to other waste management resources.  Stay tuned!

Livestock Feed
Food waste from businesses and institutions can be used by livestock producers as animal feed.  Saint Paul Public Elementary Schools participate in a food recycling program that sends food waste to pig farms.  For the 2010-2011 school year, over 2 million pounds of food waste were diverted through this program. 

When businesses separate food waste and use it for livestock feeding, the management cost of food waste is not subject to the State Solid Waste Management Tax of 17% or the County Environmental Charge of 53%.  Click here to find out more about cost savings and how to set up a food waste recovery program, or call 651-266-1194.
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