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Composting is a process that allows organic materials such as yard waste and fruit and vegetable scraps to be broken down naturally and converted into a valuable soil additive. Composting reduces trash and produces a valuable soil amendment that reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and allows for more efficient use of water. You can compost in your backyard (see Additional Resource below) or use a drop-off site from Ramsey County or the Macalester-Groveland Community Council. Drop-off sites take more materials than you can put in your backyard compost bin.

Organics Drop-Off Locations

Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites
Drop off source separated organics at Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites during regular site hours. Keep organics separate from yard waste.

How do I recycle organics at Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites?

  • Pick up FREE compostable bags at the six yard waste sites that collect organic waste or contact your local District Council office some Councils have bags as well
  • Fill the bags with food waste and other material listed below
                Sorting how-to video | English | Spanish | Somali | Hmong video
  • Bring bagged organics to a Ramsey County Yard Waste Site
                Drop-off how-to video | English | Spanish | Somali | Hmong video
  • Put the bagged organics in the designated container

Items Accepted

  • All food scraps including vegetables, fruits, meats (including fats, oils and grease), poultry, fish, bones, grains, dairy, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags etc.
  • Non-recyclable paper including greasy pizza boxes, paper towels, tissues, wrapping paper, dirty paper bags, etc.
  • Compostable cups, plates, utensils, bags etc. Check that it has the “Compostable” logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on the item or packaging to ensure it is compostable.

Click here to learn more or contact the Ramsey County Master Gardeners at 651-704-2071.

Ramsey County residents only. Organic waste from businesses is not accepted.

Macalester Groveland Organics Drop Off Site

Anyone who lives or works in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood is eligible to join the organics drop-off site. Residents in other Saint Paul neighborhoods may also be eligible to join based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here to register and learn more.

Did You Know?

  • Between 28 and 38 percent of all waste is compostable depending on the type of composting program. An average of 25 percent of household waste is compostable.
  • Basic types of organic materials compostable in backyard compost bins include fruit and vegetable trimmings, egg shells, banana peels, bread, rice, houseplants and garden waste.
  • Anything that is plant or animal based including all items mentioned above plus meat, dairy products, leftovers, and non-recyclable paper (paper towels, plates, napkins and egg cartons) can be composted via a commercial facility.

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