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Twenty percent of our trash is food scraps. There’s a better option to manage this waste: collect your food scraps for composting.

In six months, the food scraps will become finished compost at an industrial compost facility. The finished compost is used in gardens, landscaping and construction projects. It can help soil hold more water and nutrients, support more living organisms, help control erosion and stormwater runoff, and much more. Get started today! 

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Food Scraps Drop-Off

Bring your food scraps to a Ramsey County collection site for composting. All sites are open to Ramsey County residents. Arden Hills, Battle Creek, Frank & Sims and White Bear Township collection sites are also open to Washington County residents. 

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Food Scraps Pickup

You’ll soon have a new way to recycle food scraps from home! Ramsey and Washington counties are working together to bring a food scraps pickup service to all residents, with rollout beginning in 2023.

The food scraps pickup program is being tested with a limited number of households. Residents in the program pilot areas can sign up for the program during the time of the pilot and continue participating in the program as it becomes available to additional communities without interruption.

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