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People and businesses in Ramsey County generate over 700,000 tons of trash each year.  We continue to create more trash.  Some of what we throw away should be recycled, composted or handled in special ways. 

Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D)
Wastes resulting from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition of buildings and roads may be reused, recycled or disposed.  For more information on C&D wastes | Pre-demolition Inspections

Electronic Waste (E-waste)
Ramsey County does not offer collection programs for electronic waste.  Find a local recycler in our A to Z Disposal Guide.  For advice on take-back programs and reuse, check out

Food Waste and Organics
Food waste, non-recyclable paper and other organic materials are about 1/4 of the municipal solid waste stream.  Separate management of these materials is gaining support because it saves energy, saves landfill space and can create useful products such as compost and animal feed.  For more information on organics recycling

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Toxic glues, pesticides, paint thinners, acrylic paints and many other items are considered household hazardous wastes when they are no longer being used.  Proper disposal of household hazardous waste is important for our health and protects the environment.  For HHW collection sites 

Infectious Waste (Sharps)
Lances and syringes are the most common types of home sharps generated.  Ramsey County residents can dispose of household sharps at the year-round Household Hazardous Waste Facility at Bay West.  For managing needles and syringes (pdf)

Medication Waste
Old and unwanted medications should be disposed of properly.  Pouring the medicines into the toilet or down the drain is not the safest or best way to get rid of them.  For information on Medicine Collection Program

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
Municipal solid waste includes most of what we put in our trash cans for weekly collection.  Many communities in Ramsey County require the homeowner to contract for their own garbage collection.  For information on trash collection

Additional Resources
Your go-to guides for waste and recycling in the Twin Cities - A to Z Disposal Guide |

Learn more about a joint project between Ramsey County and Washington County to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled through the promotion of waste processing.  Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project

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