What is Organics (Food Scraps) 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 two 24/7 Drop-off Sites and three Drop-off Sites with varying hours. 

Find details below.

Items Accepted: Organics (Food Scraps)


  • All food scraps, including vegetables, fruits, meats (including fats, oils, and grease), poultry, fish, bones, grains, dairy, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, etc.
  • Non-recyclable paper, including greasy pizza boxes, paper towels, tissues, dirty paper bags, tissue paper, etc.
  • Compostable 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.   

BPI Certification Logo: black circle with a leaf inside the circle on the left and an arrow-shaped tree on the right


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

24/7 Drop-Off Locations

All sites are free and open to all Ramsey County residents.

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.

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Macalester-Groveland Drop-off Site

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.
  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.

Spanish Somali Hmong  Karen


Last Edited: December 6, 2021