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2015 Update

Wheeled, Lidded Carts for Recycling

It was the City’s goal to roll out wheeled, lidded carts to all Saint Paul households in the spring of 2015. However, the plan has been temporarily delayed due to an unexpected increase in costs proposed by the City's recycling vendor, Eureka Recycling.

City staff is developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for recycling services, as the contract with Eureka Recycling expires Dec. 31, 2016. A new contract with carts and other program improvements will be in place January 1, 2017.

Organics Drop off Opportunities
With the support of Ramsey County a minimum of two additional Organics drop off locations will be available for Saint Paul residents in the near future.  Building on the success and high participation rates at 4 Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites and one managed by the Macalester Groveland Community Council the additional locations will expand opportunity to residents within the downtown area as well as Como and North End neigborhoods.  Details will follow as plans are finalized. 

Organics Collection
The City also remains committed to adding organics collection service to the All In Program. This service is expected to be part of the program beginning mid-year 2017.

Preparing for a New Contract to begin January 1, 2017
The City remains committed to providing the best, most convenient service possible – including the collection of recyclables in wheeled, lidded carts from alleyways (where applicable),  incorporating a collection opportunity for organic materials and expanding 'away from home' recycling opportunities.  

RFP Process Information

The City of Saint Paul is preparing to release one Request for Proposal (RFP) for collection, processing and marketing of traditional recyclable materials from residences, municipal facilities, and other locations.  This is a change from original plans to release separate RFP’s for Processing/Marketing and Collection. The single RFP targeted release date is October 26, 2015.

The City intends to conduct a separate organics recycling procurement process.  Organics recycling is not a part of the traditional recyclables RFP. Organics processing and collection services will be included in a separate RFP(s) targeted for release in the 2nd Qtr of 2016.

For all interested parties:  prior to submitting a response to this and other future RFP’s you must be a registered vendor with the City of Saint Paul.  Visit:  for instruction.  Contract and Analysis Services staff will offer an additional tutorial/workshop upon request.

Questions prior to release date can be directed to Kris Hageman, Environmental Coordinator, at or 651-266-8866.  After release of the RFP, questions will be directed to assigned staff within the Contract and Analysis Service office.

Timeline At a Glance*

 Release Recyclable Materials Processing and Collection RFP October 26, 2015
 Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting November 9, 2015
 Proposals Due December 9, 2015
 Release RFQ packet for recycling carts January, 2016
 Award Cart Purchase/Contract February, 2016
 Execute Recyclable Materials Contract(s) April 1, 2016
 Begin New Contract January 1, 2017

* The City of Saint Paul is not held to dates posted.  All dates are approximate.  Please refer to the event summary through for all dates and times related to this Request for Proposal. 

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Declining recycling numbers, wavering participation and changing demographics are just a few of the reasons why the City partnered with Wilder Research Foundation in 2012-13 to conduct a comprehensive community assessment about residential solid waste and recycling programs and services. The project was called "Recycle it Forward."
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A variety of assessment tools were used to gather input regarding waste management programs and services (including recycling, composting, bulky wastes, litter and garbage issues) from the community including surveys, focus groups, Open Saint Paul (an online comment tool), key stakeholder interviews and community meetings.

After a year-long process listening to the community and working with Wilder Research on the comprehensive recycling assessment, we heard that Saint Paul residents wanted:

  • The ability to recycle more plastics
  • Recycling to be more convenient
  • More opportunities for composting organic materials
  • More options for handling bulky waste items

We also learned that there is a need for more education and outreach related to basic recycling opportunities.

Key Findings and Reports

Changes in 2014

Based off the Recycle it Forward research, the City made the following changes to the recycling program in 2014:

Single Sort Recycling

Residents can now put all recyclable materials into one bin – separating is no longer required.

More Plastics Accepted
In addition to plastic bottles, yogurt, butter and produce containers, transparent deli and “to go” containers can also be recycled with Saint Paul’s residential recycling program. Plastics marked as #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 are all accepted. Click here to learn more.

Citywide Community Cleanup Events
The City is coordinating six “Citywide Community Cleanup Events.” These events give residents an opportunity to dispose of items such as furniture and construction materials and recycle items like mattresses, appliances, electronics and scrap metal. Plus, residents may donate usable household items for reuse. Resident may use any (or all) of the Citywide Cleanup Events. Click here for details.

Organics Drop off Locations Available
Source separated organics are now accepted at local Ramsey County Yard Waste Site locations during regular site hours. In addition, the Macalester Groveland Community Council also hosts a drop off location on Grand Avenue. To register and find more information, visit

Questions? Please contact:

Kris Hageman, Environmental Coordinator, 651-266-8866 -

Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director, 651-266-8520 -

Updated August 11, 2015

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