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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Pumpkins

Please bring pumpkins to a Ramsey County yard waste site. Food Scraps drop-off sites don't have the capacity to collect the volume of pumpkins we receive each fall.

Please place pumpkins in the leaf pile when you drop them off at a yard waste site. 

Coming in 2022-2023: Food scraps pickup option

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 pick up service to all residents, with rollout beginning late 2022 into 2023.  

This new program is part of a larger system for managing food scraps. County food scraps drop-off sites will remain in operation, and some people may prefer to compost food scraps in their backyards. Do what works best for you! 

Stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile, more information can be found on the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy website

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