Food Scraps

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Service alert - COVID-19

Food scraps collection sites will remain open until further notice. Please remember to practice safe social distancing and stay at least six feet away from others. 

COVID-19 information and resources

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.

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.

The pandemic caused uncertainty in 2020 for many businesses, including the compost facility that manages food scraps from Ramsey County’s drop-off sites. This facility temporarily suspended a portion of its operations at the start of the pandemic out of concerns for staff safety.

Ramsey County recently learned that, in the spring and summer of 2020, this facility sent some food scraps to the landfill instead of composting them. This may have included material collected at Ramsey County food scrap collection sites.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is working with this compost facility to ensure that their operations have returned to pre-COVID capacity. Visit the MPCA Website for more information from the MPCA.

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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