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Organics Recycling
Organics recycling bin at a yard waste collection site

Organic waste includes things like food scraps and non-recyclable paper (tissues, paper towels, etc.)

Recycling your organics helps the environment by avoiding methane emissions that contribute to global climate change. It also returns essential nutrients to the soil and improves soil health. 

Three easy steps to recycling organic waste

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Pick up a free organics recycling starter kit!

Ramsey County is offering free starter kits that include a kitchen compost bucket, instructions, compostable bags, reminder magnets and a loyalty card to earn a t-shirt. Starter kits are offered at the sites listed below (except Como Park). Just ask the site attendant.

Collection site hours and locations

March 27 - November 29, 2017
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Open the Friday after Thanksgiving

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

View recycling and waste 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 

Frank and Sims
Yard Waste Site
1150 Sims Ave, Saint Paul
Yard Waste Site
1943 Pierce Butler Rt, Saint Paul
Mounds View
Yard Waste Site
8307 Long Lake Rd, Mounds View
Summit Hill
Yard Waste Site
870 Pleasant Ave, Saint Paul
White Bear Township
Yard Waste Site
5900 Sherwood Rd, White Bear Township

How to recycle organics

Accepted items

Backyard composting