Food Scraps

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Organics Recycling
Saint Anthony collection site

Twenty percent of our trash is food waste. There’s a better option to manage this waste. Bring your food scraps to a Ramsey County collection site 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!

All sites open to Ramsey County residents only. No businesses or institutions.

Arden Hills, Battle Creek, Frank & Sims and White Bear Township collection sites also open to Washington County residents.

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Compostable items and non-recyclable paper still accepted

All Ramsey County Food Scrap drop off sites continue to accept certified compostable items and non-recyclable paper. Inaccurate information was recently released about these items. We apologize for any confusion about this misinformation.

Free food scraps collection starter kit

Ramsey County offers a free starter kit for residents who want to recycle food scraps. Find out more.

Collection at 24/7 drop-off sites

These sites are open year-round, 24 hours per day. 

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Collection at yard waste sites

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

April - November
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 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.

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How to recycle food scraps

Accepted items

Backyard composting

Food saving tips

Where to buy finished compost