Ordinance Amendment  

Saint Paul Code of Ordinance Chapter 236 - Environmental Preservation: Plastic Packaging is being amended. The current proposed draft language is in the process of being considered by the City Council. The final proposed language will be published by July 19, 2017. If approved, this ordinance is expected to take effect on October 1, 2018.   


Saint Paul Ordinance regulates food and beverage packaging to: 

  • Decrease the volume of landfill waste
  • Minimize toxic by-products of incineration
  • Make the waste stream less damaging to the environment 
  • Reduce the economic and environmental costs of waste management 
  • Create a more environmental city 

In the current proposed draft language, all packaging that is considered to be environmentally acceptable will include returnable, reusable, recyclable, and compostable packaging. 

For more information on the proposed draft language, please click this link


The Ramsey County District Court has been requested by the Council to amend Saint Paul's Fine Schedule to reflect the following: 

  • Section 236.07 - Each violation will be a petty misdemeanor, for which the fine will be $200


Below will include a list of links to more information about this ordinance: ​

Previous Proposed Amendments:

Chapter 236 Proposed Amendments 6-29-17 DRAFT

Meeting Notes and Presentations:

October 10, 2016 Meeting Notes

November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

November 21, 2016 PowerPoint 


Eureka Recycling Comments on St. paul Sustainable To-Go 

Price Comparison 

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

WestRock Packaging Presentation 

Research - Marketing:

 Eco-Cycle's Green Star Business Program 

Recycle Bank Actions

Recycle Bank Community

Recycle Bank Points

Research - Ordinances: 

Sustainable to-go Minneapolis, MN Ordinance

Sustainable to-go Municipal Ordinance Comparison 

Sustainable to-go Richmond, CA Ordinance

Sustainable to-go Saint Louis Park, MN Ordinance

Sustainable to-go San Jose, CA Ordinance 

 Sustainable to-go Santa Monica, CA Ordinance 

Research - Packaging Partnership: 

ACC City Partnerships for Saint Paul MN, Nov. 21, 2016

Joint Letter to Restaurants Education Program 

Pasadena Poster

LA PS Recycling Program Shelter Sign 

Mayor's Briefing - 2013 Clean Community Contest Winners 

New Website Helps Holiday Shopper Recycle Foam Packaging 

Partnerships Talk MLevy ACC PFPG, Nov. 21

Proposal from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works

The Hawaii Partnership Project final version

Research - Small Business Success and Challenges:

Success Story: Children's Discovery Academy - Vadnais Heights 

Success Story: Como Dockside 

Success Story: French Meadow - St. Paul

Success Story: St. Paul Meat Shop 

City of Saint Paul To-Go-Packaging

Last Edited: July 17, 2017