Event Recycling and Composting

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Waste Management Plan for Public Events
Reserve Event Containers
Tips for Planning a Green Event

Complete a Waste Management Plan 
Container Reservation Form


Waste Management Plans for Public Events   

In 2014, Saint Paul City Council updated city ordinance Chapter 366 to maximize waste diversion goals. Saint Paul is committed to protecting the environment and public health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and conserving energy and natural resources. Community events, parades, races, and public gatherings play a vital role in accomplishing these goals. The Waste Management Plan intends to aid event organizers in planning and reducing the waste generated at public events.

Event organizers are required to submit the following for review by Public Works staff:

Check out our Resource Guide to help you plan your recycling, organics and trash at large and small events.

Resource Guide            Waste Management Plan            Final Evaluation       

Reserve Event Containers

You can borrow containers from the the City of Saint Paul using our Container Reservation form or from the Ramsey County Environmental Health office in Maplewood.

District Council Lending Programs: 

The following District Councils also have recycling and organics containers they lend to neighbors. Not sure which district you live in? View the District Council map.

Make sure you have enough containers and signs for recycling and organics collection! Organic material includes all food scraps, non-plastic lined paper plates and bowls, and BPI Certified compostable cutlery and cups. Organics can be dropped off for free at a Ramsey County Yard Waste Site or registered participants may use the free Mac Groveland drop-off site.

Recycling can be dropped off at St. Paul's free drop-off site, located at 309 Como Ave S. 

Container Reservation Form

Tips for Planning a Green Event

Recycling and Composting At Home

Plan ahead and you can reduce waste, which means less to deal with after your get-together. Download tips on holding Green Gatherings or a Green Graduation party.

Download free signs or design your own on the Rethink Recycling website. Sings in Hmong, Somali or Spanish can be found at the BizRecycling website.

Recycling and Composting Away From Home

When you call or email a facility about reservations ask the staff about options for recycling and composing. Most businesses have to provide recycling to their customers by January 1, 2016 at the latest. After you arrive locate the disposal containers and let your guests know where to put material for recycling, composting and trash. Visit the Park Facilities Rental page to reserve a public location for your event.