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.
- 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.
- How to compost
- Diagnosing common backyard compost problems
- University of Minnesota Extension advice
- Benefits of compost
- How to use compost
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 RecycleMinnesota.org 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.
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Master Gardeners are expected to return to the yard waste sites in late September 2021.
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.