Backyard Composting

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Home composting is an easy way to turn organic waste into a rich soil amendment. All you need is a compost bin and a pitch fork, which you can find at most lawn and garden stores. Contact your city about rules and restrictions. 

Backyard Composting "How-to" Videos:

Items you can compost:

  • Small amounts of leaves.
  • Grass clippings.
  • Twigs.
  • Other plant material (except weeds gone to seed).
  • Food scraps (except meat, bones, grease and dairy).
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags.
  • Soiled paper and paper products, like dirty napkins, paper plates and paper egg cartons.
  • Do not add compostable plastics. They will not break down in a backyard compost bin.

Helpful resources

Compost bin sales - SOLD OUT FOR 2021

Ramsey County offers compost bins year-round with a pick-up location in Maplewood. The compost bins are $66, plus tax. Ramsey County residents can get an additional $20 off! Order online at and enter promo code “Ramsey” to receive the discounted price or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident. Then call Ramsey County Environmental Health at 651-266-1199 to arrange a pick-up time.

Compost more items

Learn about our organics recycling recycling drop-off for residents and our business assistance program.

Master Gardeners

Need advice? Visit a Master Gardener at their Question & Answer Booth during select times at our yard waste sites. Or call the Master Gardener line at 612-301-7590.

Master Gardeners are expected to return to the yard waste sites in late September 2021.

Yard Waste

Ramsey County operates seven yard waste sites collection sites. All sites are free and open to Ramsey County residents only, a photo ID is required.