Food Scraps

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Organics Recycling
Saint Anthony collection site

More than 30% of what goes into the trash is food scraps and other organic waste. Recycling food waste converts it to compost, which puts nutrients back into the soil. Ramsey County collection sites enable people to drop off food scraps that would otherwise be thrown in the trash – these are then processed into compost and used in gardening and landscaping.

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Pick up a free food scraps collection (organics recycling) starter kit!

Ramsey County offers a free starter kit for residents who want to recycle food scraps. The kit includes a small kitchen caddy, compostable bags and tips for success. It also includes a loyalty punch card to earn a free t-shirt. Redeem a filled punch card at any Ramsey County yard waste site.

Pick up a starter kit at one of our yard waste sites or at a Ramsey County Library while supplies last. Select Saint Paul Libraries and Cities also have them. Call ahead.

Share your feedback

Ramsey and Washington counties are seeking input from residents to help guide the development of a new program to collect food scraps from residents.

You can share your thoughts by completing this brief survey.

Collection site hours and locations

April - November
Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: closed
Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

December - March
Monday - Friday: closed
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

View collection sites map

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Collection Site Address

Arden Hills                Yard Waste Site

3530 Hudson Ave, Arden Hills
Battle Creek              Yard Waste Site 389 S. Winthrop St, Saint Paul

Como Park

1149 Beulah Lane, Saint Paul                                       Open year-round, 24/7

Falcon Heights

2077 Larpenteur Ave. West, Falcon Heights                 Open year-round, 24/7

Frank and Sims        Yard Waste Site 1150 Sims Ave, Saint Paul

2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood                              Open year-round 24/7

Midway                     Yard Waste Site 1943 Pierce Butler Rt, Saint Paul
Mounds View            Yard Waste Site 8307 Long Lake Rd, Mounds View
New Brighton 700 5th St. NW, New Brighton                                       Open year-round, 24/7
Roseville 2580 Dale St, Roseville                                                Open year-round, 24/7
Saint Anthony 3301 Silver Lake Rd. NE, Saint Anthony                      Open year-round, 24/7 
Summit Hill               Yard Waste Site 870 Pleasant Ave, Saint Paul
Vadnais Heights 3595 Arcade St N, Vadnais Heights                              Open year-round, 24/7
White Bear Lake 3950 Hoffman Road, White Bear Lake                          Open year-round, 24/7
White Bear Township Yard Waste Site 5900 Sherwood Rd, White Bear Township

How to recycle food scraps

Accepted items

Backyard composting