Food Waste Reduction Challenge

July 10 - August 27

The City is working to reduce food waste by engaging directly with residents in a free seven-week online challenge! Each week, you will learn new ways to save food and track the amount that is wasted at home. The challenge will also include a lesson on backyard composting to divert organic waste from landfills. Check it out!

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

A new collection site in Union 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 the corner of Carroll Ave and Griggs St. N

With the new location, the county now has 17 food scraps drop off sites – including all seven Ramsey County yard waste sites.

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* Union Park Drop-off Site

This site is operated by the Lex-Ham Community Council.

At the corner of Carroll Ave. & Griggs St. N., Saint Paul

Lex-Ham Community Council

Highland Park Drop-off Site

This site is operated by the Highland Park District Council.

800 snelling Ave. S.  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 (limit 2 each time you come) at the four yard waste sites in Saint Paul 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.

New Food Scraps Pickup Program

Ramsey and Washington counties are working together to bring residents a new way to recycle food scraps from home: the food scraps pickup program. By keeping food scraps – like fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells and coffee grounds – out of the trash, residents can help provide economic, environmental and health benefits to the community. Participation will be free and available to all residents, regardless of housing type or trash hauler. The program will be rolling out in phases over multiple years, starting in 2023. 

For more information, visit or call 651-661-9393. 

Last Edited: August 15, 2023