Participate in the Food Scraps Pick-up Program Focus Group

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Ramsey and Washington counties will roll out a new food scraps pick-up program in late 2022 and into 2023.

The counties are seeking trial participants to help collect user experience feedback. Participation requires two virtual meetings and two weeks of collecting food scraps and taking photos and/or videos of that experience. Participants will receive a $150 Visa gift card as compensation. People from a variety of backgrounds (race, age, housing type, family size, etc.) who do or do not collect food scraps are invited to participate. Deadline to register is February 20, 2022.

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What is Food Scraps (Organics) Recycling?

Household Organics Recycling is the collection of organic (food scraps) material for composting. Saint Paul residents can collect household organics in their home and take them to a drop-off site listed below. Drop-off sites take more materials than you can put in a backyard compost bin.

In Saint Paul there are three 24/7 Drop-off Sites and four Drop-off Sites with varying hours. 

Find details below.

NEW food scraps (organics) drop-off site open in Highland Park

A new collection site in Highland Park will make it easier for Ramsey County residents to drop off food scraps. The new site is open 24 hours a day, year-round at 800 S. Snelling Ave, Saint Paul. The enclosure is located in the parking lot across from the water tower.

With the new location, the county now has 16 food scraps drop off sites – including all seven Ramsey County yard waste sites.

Items Accepted: Organics (Food Scraps)

  • All food scraps: vegetables, fruits, meats (including fats, oils, and grease), poultry, fish, bones, grains, dairy, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, etc.BPI Certification Logo: black circle with a leaf inside the circle on the left and an arrow-shaped tree on the right
  • Non-recyclable paper: greasy pizza boxes, paper towels, tissues, dirty paper bags, tissue paper, etc.
  • Compostable products: certified 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.

man dropping a compostable bag into a dumpster at a compost drop-off dumpster

24/7 Drop-off Site Locations

All sites are free and open to all Ramsey County residents. Sites are accessible 24 hours a day, year-round.


*NEW* Highland Park Drop-off Site

This site is operated by the Highland Park District Council.

800 S Snelling Ave, Saint Paul

Enclosure located in parking lot across from water tower

Highland Park District Council


Como Park Drop-off Site

This site is operated by the Como Park Community District Council.

1149 Beulah Lane, Saint Paul

 Como Park Drop-off Site


Macalester-Groveland Drop-off Site

This site is operated by the Macalester-Groveland District Council.

1647 Grand Ave, Saint Paul

Enclosure located in parking lot across from 1648 Grand Ave

Macalester-Groveland Drop-off Site

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Household Organics Recycling at Yard Waste Sites

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

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

  1. Pick up FREE compostable bags at the six yard waste sites that collect organic waste or contact your local District Council office.
  2. Fill the bags with food waste and other materials listed above.
  3. Bring your bagged organics to a Ramsey County Yard Waste Site or 24/7 drop-off site.
  4. Put the bagged organics in the designated container.

Watch how to sort your household organics at home!




Dropping off your Organics at a Yard Waste Site 



What happens to organics (food scraps) after you drop them off? Watch this video for more information! Click the links below for translated versions.

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Last Edited: February 8, 2022