Food Waste

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Do you have fresh fruits or vegetables from your garden that you would like to donate? If you have bulk items, contact Second Harvest Heartland or the Emergency Food Shelf to learn more about how you can donate. For smaller donations, contact the nearest food shelf or meal program. For monetary donations, contact Harvest for the Hungry, a coalition of community supported agriculture (CSA) farms to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to Minnesota households and families facing hunger. Backyard Composting Visit here for information on the recycling, reduction, and composting of waste and materials in Saint Paul.

Organic Waste Management for Businesses

The Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project has consultants that work with businesses pro bono on organic waste management in a manner that saves businesses money and protects the environment. The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation delivers strategic environmental consulting to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficient policies. As part of the Resource Recovery Project, the organization provides direct consultation for businesses on organic waste. JL Taitt & Associates offers variety of technical assistance and consultation services for institutional generators such as school districts, hospital and nursing homes, alternative care facilities, and post-secondary institutions. This work builds on upon the Resource Recovery Project by focusing on healthcare and alternative care facilities and establishments. 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 repurposed 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 for additional information.