Event Recycling and Composting
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:
- Waste Management Plan - Submit at least 60 days before the event
- Final Evaluation - Submit within 30 days after the event.
Check out our Resource Guide to help you plan your recycling, organics and trash at large and small events.
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.
- District 1 Community Council: 651-578-7600
- Payne-Phalen District 5 Planning Council: 651-774-5234
- District 10 Como Community Council: 651-644-3889
- Macalester-Groveland Community Council (District 14): 651-695-4000
- Summit Hill Association (District 16): 651-222-1222
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.
Recycling and Composting At Home
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.