Yard Waste and Composting
Depositing any yard waste materials such as leaves, trash, dirt, and grass clippings, from the boulevard or private property into the street is prohibited. To properly dispose, these items may be taken to a Ramsey County Yard Waste Drop-off site at no charge.
Yard waste drop-off sites:
Ramsey County provides free yard waste drop-off sites for yard waste disposal for residents. Sites are open year round to Ramsey County residents. See yard waste drop-off locations, hours and details. If you are a commercial business, see the list of Ramsey County Commercial Yard Waste Sites.
Use compostable bags:
Watch this short video about the compostable bag law in effect:
Keep leaves out of lakes and rivers by keeping them out of the streets and away from storm drains. Check out these Yard Care Tips.
Report illegal dumping:
To report illegal dumping to the City of Saint Paul, please call (651) 266-8989.
Did you know?
Composting is a process that allows organic materials such as yard waste and fruit and vegetable scraps to be broken down naturally and converted into a valuable soil additive. By setting up a home composting system, you can reduce the amount of trash your household sends to incinerators or landfills while producing a valuable soil amendment that reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and allows for more efficient use of water.
- Between 28 and 38 percent of all waste is compostable depending on the type of composting program. An average of 25 percent of household waste is compostable.
- Basic types of organic materials compostable in backyard compost bins include fruit and vegetable trimmings, egg shells, banana peels, bread, rice, houseplants and garden waste.
- Anything that is plant or animal based including all items mentioned above plus meat, dairy products, leftovers, and non-recyclable paper (refrigerator/freezer boxes, paper towels, plates, napkins and egg cartons) can be composted via a commercial facility.
Macalester Groveland Organics Drop-off Site – Anyone who lives OR works in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood is eligible to join the organics drop-off Site. Residents in other Saint Paul neighborhoods may also be eligible to join based on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information.
Resources for Composting: