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Organics Recycling Drop-off
Ramsey County residents now have the opportunity to recycle their organic waste for FREE at a Ramsey County Yard Waste site (except Arden Hills).  This includes food scraps, non-recyclable paper products, coffee grounds, dryer lint and more!  Sign up for our gov delivery notices about the program. icon:  govdelivery Subscribe to Organics Recycling

How do I recycle organics at Ramsey County’s Yard Waste sites?

Step 1. Begin by collecting organic waste from your home in a compostable bag. 
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  • Compostable bags are made of special compostable materials.
  • Ramsey County provides free compostable bags at their yard waste sites for residents to use for organics recycling - just ask a site monitor.
  • If using a compostable bag not provided by the County, check that it has the “Compostable” logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on the bag or the box to ensure it is compostable.
  • Line a waste bin with a compostable bag and use it to collect organic waste.

Organic Waste
All food waste including vegetables, fruits, meats (including fats, oils and grease), poultry, fish, bones, grains, dairy, egg shells, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags etc. 

Non-recyclable paper including greasy pizza boxes, paper towels, papers cups and plates (without wax coating), toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, tissues, wrapping paper (no foil or glitter), paper freezer boxes, paper ice cream containers, pop and beer boxes, egg cartons, dirty paper bags, etc.

Compostable cups, plates, utensils, bags etc. Check that it has the “Compostable” logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on the item or packaging to ensure it is compostable.

Cotton balls, cotton swabs made of paper material, hair, lint, and full vacuum bags made of paper and containing only organic material.

Bird feed/seed and animal/pet food (no plastic bags).

Items NOT Considered Organic Waste
Plastics, metals, glass, Styrofoam, wood, rubber, and liquids.

Diapers (including biodegradable ones), kitty litter, animal feces, and dead animals.

Kraft yard waste bags (suggest reusing if possible before final disposal). 

Other items that are not compostable.

Step 2. Bring your bagged organics to one of Ramsey County’s Yard Waste sites (except Arden Hills).
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  • Once the compostable bag(s) is full of organics, place it in the organics recycling dumpster at one of Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites.  
  • The dumpster will have an “organics recycling” sign in front of it.
  • Once you have placed your organics for recycling in the dumpster, ask the site monitor for more free compostable bags, as needed.

How do I minimize odor and pests?

  • Bring your organics to the yard waste site on a weekly basis.


"Thank you for this service!! My waste is close to nil now!"
"Love it and love how easy it is."
“Love the organic composting. I want to be 0% garbage!”
“I think this is wonderful!”
“Great service. Thank you so much. Staff are very friendly.”
“Great program. Keep it up!”

Why participate in organics recycling?
When you recycle your organics, you are helping the environment by avoiding methane emissions that contribute to global climate change.  You are also returning essential nutrients to the soil and improving soil health. So your efforts do make a difference!

Want to Compost in Your Backyard?  
Home composting is an easy way to turn organic waste into a rich soil amendment. All you need is a compost bin and a pitch fork, which you can find at most lawn and garden stores. Contact your city about rules and restrictions.

Items you can compost in a backyard bin include small amounts of leaves, grass clippings, twigs and other plant material (except weeds gone to seed).  You can also compost food scraps (except meat, bones, grease and dairy), coffee grounds and tea bags, and soiled paper and paper products, like dirty napkins, paper plates and paper egg cartons.  Do not add compostable plastics.  They will not break down in a backyard compost bin.

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More Information
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