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Recycle Your Organics Today
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In 3 Easy Steps!

Step 1. Pick up a free organics recycling starter kit - now available!

Ramsey Recycles is offering Free Organics Recycling Starter kits that include a 3-gallon bin with a locking cover, compostable bags, information on recycling and the organics recycling punch card. Bring the card in for five punches (one each time you drop off organics) and you’ll get a free Ramsey Recycles T-shirt. Starter kits are available at all of the Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites. Just tell the Yard Waste site attendant that you want to get started recycling organic waste!

Compostable Bags

  • Organic waste needs to be placed and delivered in compostable bags.
  • Ramsey Recycles also always offers free compostable bags at our yard waste sites – just ask a site attendant.
  • If using a 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.

Step 2. Fill your bin with compostable bag and organic waste.

View a short video on organics sorting: English | Spanish | Somali | Hmong video

Items ACCEPTED in organics recycling include:

  • 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. 
  • Paper you can’t recycle curbside, 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.

Other items ACCEPTED:

  • Animal/pet food (no plastic bags)
  • Bird feed/seed (no plastic bags)
  • 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
  • Vacuum bags (made of paper and containing only organic material)


  • Animal feces
  • Dead animals 
  • Diapers (including biodegradable ones)
  • Glass
  • Kitty litter
  • Liquids
  • Metals
  • Paper yard waste bags (reuse if possible)
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood
  • Other items NOT compostable

Step 3. Bring your bagged organics to one of Ramsey County’s Yard Waste sites (except Arden Hills).

Drop-off how-to video | English | Spanish | Somali | Hmong video

    • Once the compostable bag(s) is full of organics, place it in the organics recycling dumpster at one of Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites.  
    • Be sure to ask the site attendant 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.

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!


"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!”

Backyard Composting

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:

  • small amounts of leaves
  • grass clippings
  • twigs
  • other plant material (except weeds gone to seed)
  • food scraps (except meat, bones, grease and dairy)
  • coffee grounds and tea bags
  • soiled paper and paper products, like dirty napkins, paper plates and paper egg cartons

Do not add compostable plastic.  They will not break down in a backyard compost bin. 

Composting with a Backyard Bin | University of Minnesota Extension | RethinkRecycling | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency | Printable Guide | Your City | Backyard Composting "How-to" videos icon:  video - English | Spanish | Hmong | Somali