Food Waste Diversion

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Most food business owners are unaware of the hefty fees on their garbage. By participating in a food waste diversion program, Ramsey County food establishments can:

  • Save 10% on food establishment license fees.
  • Reduce garbage costs.
  • Improve customer relations.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Feed people experiencing hunger and food insecurity.

This 10% license fee discount is for food establishments licensed by Ramsey County that divert leftover food and/or food scraps from the garbage to any of the following:

  • Hunger relief agencies.
  • Animal producers.
  • Organics recycling.

How to apply

Due date

Applications for current food license holders are due October 15, 2020 to be eligible for this discount on 2021 license renewal fees. Applications received after this date will be rejected.

Applications for new food establishments are due prior to completion of the final plan review inspection or issuance of a new food license.

Next steps

Once approved, you will see this discount applied to your license renewal fee statement when your license renewal documents are emailed to you in November 2020.