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Declining recycling numbers, wavering participation and changing demographics are just a few of the reasons why the City partnered with Wilder Research Foundation in 2012-13 to conduct a comprehensive community assessment about residential solid waste and recycling programs and services. The project was called "Recycle it Forward."
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A variety of assessment tools were used to gather input regarding waste management programs and services (including recycling, composting, bulky wastes, litter and garbage issues) from the community including surveys, focus groups, Open Saint Paul (an online comment tool), key stakeholder interviews and community meetings.

After a year-long process listening to the community and working with Wilder Research on the comprehensive recycling assessment, we heard that Saint Paul residents wanted:
  • The ability to recycle more plastics
  • Recycling to be more convenient
  • More opportunities for composting organic materials
  • More options for handling bulky waste items

We also learned that there is a need for more edcuation and outreach related to basic recycling opportunites.

Key Findings and Reports
History of Minnesota Waste Management Practices

Changes Beginning in 2014

Based off the Recycle it Forward research, the City is making the following changes to the recycling program in 2014:

Single Sort Recycling

As of April 7, 2014 residents can go put all recyclable materials into one bin – separating is no longer required.

More Plastics Accepted
As of April 7, 2014 residents can add #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastic containers to their blue bin or collection cart. This means, in addition to plastic bottles, yogurt, butter and produce containers, transparent deli and “to go” containers can also be recycled with Saint Paul’s residential recycling program. 

Community Cleanup Events
The City is coordinating six “Community Cleanup Events” in 2014. These events will give residents an opportunity to dispose of items such as furniture and construction materials and recycle items like mattresses, appliances, electronics and scrap metal. Plus, residents may donate usable household items for reuse. Click here for details.

Organics Drop off Locations Available
As of April, source separated organics will be accepted at the local Ramsey County Yard Waste Site locations during regular site hours. In addition, the Macalester Groveland Community Council also hosts a drop off location on Grand Ave.  To register and find more information, visit

Changes Beginning in 2015

In 2015, the City will distribute a wheeled, covered cart to residences for recycling collection.

Recycling Services Timeline [PDF]

Questions? Please contact:

Kris Hageman, Environmental Coordinator, 651-266-8866 -

Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director, 651-266-8520 -
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