Household Organics Recycling


All of Ramsey County’s food scrap collection sites are still accepting materials to be composted. Please continue to drop off your food scraps and certified compostable products. Please follow the social distancing guidance recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health while visiting county yard waste sites. The CDC and MDH recommend keeping six feet of space between yourself and others. Find links to locations and hours below.

When Halloween is over, you can bring your jack-o-lanterns to a Ramsey County yard waste site for composting. It’s free! Remove any candles and decorations. When you’re at the site, please put your pumpkins in the leaf pile, not the food scraps dumpster. For more information, visit

Updated: October 13, 2020

Household Organics Recycling




Household Organics Recycling is the collection of organic material for composting. Saint Paul residents can collect household organics in their home and take it to a drop-off site listed below. Drop-off sites take more materials than you can put in your backyard compost bin. Items accepted include:

  • 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




Click here for information about yard waste disposal and backyard composting.


District Council Drop-Off Locations:

*NEW: Como Park Drop-off Site
The District 10 Como Park site is now open and free for all Ramsey County residents.

Macalester-Groveland Drop-off Site
The Macalester-Groveland Drop-off Site is free to anyone who lives or works in Saint Paul. Residents must sign-up online to use the site. 

Gates at entrance to an organics recycling 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.

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