Recycling and Waste Reduction


Be All In - Recycle!

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The City of Saint Paul is committed to making Saint Paul “The Most Livable City in America,” and a leader in sustainable urban living. The City of Saint Paul has been recognized as a national leader in environmental and recycling programs. The City continues to work towards increasing recycling, reducing waste, and implementing an organics collections program by increasing education and making participation easier. We thank you for being a part of our success.

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City of Saint Paul Announces Contracts for All In™ Recycling Services Provider

The City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works has signed agreements with Eureka Recycling to provide recycling processing and marketing services and recycling collection from single unit dwellings and small apartment buildings.  The new contract terms will begin January 1, 2017.  The city continues to evaluate the proposals for collection services from larger multi-unit dwellings and hopes to complete negotiations on that contract within the next two weeks. 

Under the new contracts, the recycling program will undergo changes aimed at making recycling more convenient and accessible. Changes include city-owned, wheeled and lidded carts that will be delivered to residents’ homes; alley collection where feasible; the collection of additional materials; and new geo location technology to track participation and tonnage. The City anticipates these changes will result in a 35% increase in tons collected and a 15% increase in participation. More information on the transition to the new program will be provided to residents this fall.

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New Organics Drop-site Opens in Como Park 

District 10's new organics recycling drop-off site in Como Park is now open. Get details on how it works and how to get started!

Medicine Collection 

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Ramsey County is now accepting needles, syringes and lancets at both their mobile and year-round household hazardous waste collection sites. Check their website for more information.  


Saint Paul Recycling Accomplishments:   

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. That assessment led to improvements to the City's recycling program that began in 2014 and will continue into 2017.

  • In 2014, Saint Paul changed to single-sort collection of recyclables.
  • We added many types of accepted plastics (#1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 food and beverage containers).
  • Plastics recycled increased by 82% (500 tons). 
  • Residents recycled close to 20,000 tons of paper, glass, metal and plastic beverage and food containers. 
  • Just under 200 tons of appliances, electronics, scrap metal and concrete recycled at six Citywide Community Clean Up events.
  • Close to 100 tons of organic materials delivered to the five drop off locations throughout the City. 

2016 and Beyond: