Reduce Food Waste

In the United States, it is estimated that about 30% of all food is wasted. This accounts for a whopping 21% of total garbage generated in the United States. Most of the food waste produced by families is preventable, meaning that we are throwing out food that still is or was edible. In 2014 the City of Saint Paul set an overall residential waste diversion goal of 50% by 2020; we are currently at 29% diversion. For Saint Paul to reach our waste diversion goals, there must be a significant reduction in food waste generation and an increase in the amount of organic waste we capture.

To address this issue, we are in the process of developing tools and informational resource to assist residents in reducing preventable food waste and learn more about recycling food scraps. 

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Plan Eat Save

Household Food Waste Prevention Challenge

Join hundreds of Saint Paul households in preventing food waste in our community!

Throwing food out wastes money and resources. By making small shifts in how you shop for, prepare, and store food at home, you can save time and money, and keep the resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste.

This City of Saint Paul is kicking off its Plan, Eat, Save. Food Too Good to Waste residential food waste prevention challenge this Summer. We are recruiting 350 families to participate in the challenge. Participants will receive a kit to weigh their food waste weekly and will be eligible for one of seven weekly incentives for submitting a short survey each week. City of Saint Paul employees are not eligible for incentives. 

Join the Challenge Today! Register for Plan, Eat, Save

Read more about the challenge by viewing the recruitment flyer

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Organics Recycling

Backyard and Drop-off Composting

Household Organics Recycling is the collection of organic material for composting. Saint Paul residents can collect household organics in their home and bring to a drop-off location or County Yard Waste site for composting. To learn more visit

Home composting is another great way to make usable resources from organic waste generate at home. To learn more visit Ramsey County's Backyard Composting page. 


Last Edited: June 10, 2021