Food Scraps Collection

Food Scraps

Ramsey County residents can recycle their food scraps for FREE at Ramsey County Yard Waste sites. 


Food scraps recycling

What's Accepted?

  • All food waste, including bones, coffee grounds and filters, dairy, egg shells, fish, fruits and fruit peels,  grains, meats, poultry, vegetables, etc.
  • Paper you can’t recycle curbside, including greasy delivery pizza boxes, paper towels, paper cups and plates (unlined/uncoated), tissues, paper egg cartons, dirty paper bags, etc.
  • 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).
  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs (made of paper material).
  • Hair and fur.

Pick up a free food scraps collection (organics recycling) starter kit!

Ramsey County offers a free starter kit for residents who want to recycle food scraps. The kit includes a small kitchen caddy, compostable bags and tips for success. It also includes a loyalty punch card to earn a free t-shirt. Redeem a filled punch card at any Ramsey County yard waste site.

Nearby Locations

Arden Hills                Yard Waste Site

3530 Hudson Ave, Arden Hills


New Brighton700 5th St. NW, New Brighton                                       Open year-round, 24/7


For additional details about this program please visit Ramsey County's Food Scraps Collection webpage.