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.

Compost bin sales

Ramsey County offers compost bins year-round with a pick-up location in Maplewood. The compost bins are $64, 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.

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.

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.