Food Scraps Collection

More than 30% of what goes into the trash is food scraps and other organic waste. Recycling food waste converts it to compost, which puts nutrients back into the soil. Keep your food scraps out of the trash by following the below steps. 

Get Started

Food scraps recycling can be accomplished in four easy steps:
  1. Visit City Hall to pick up a free starter kit. The starter kit includes a small kitchen caddy, compostable bags and tips for success.
  2. Fill up your compostable bags with food scraps and other organics waste. For a list of accepted/unaccepted items, visit
  3. Bring your food scraps to the Vadnais Heights collection site at 3595 Arcade St. N (parking lot south of the Fire Station and City Hall). It’s free to use and available 24/7. Find additional collections sites in Ramsey County.
  4. Pick up more free compostable bags at the collection site.
If you are unable to visit City Hall during business hours to pick up a starter kit and compostable bags, you can also get them at any Ramsey County yard waste site or a Ramsey County library while supplies last. 

Food Scraps are picked up at our collection site every Wednesday by Waste Management. 

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Compost at Home

Recycle your food scraps and other organics in your own backyard! Learn more about how to compost your organic waste at home. For more information, read the Backyard Composting flyer (PDF).

Ramsey County offers compost bins year-round with a pick-up location in Maplewood. The compost bins are $64, plus tax. Ramsey County residents can get an additional $20 off! Order online at and enter promo code “Ramsey” to receive the discounted price or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident. Then call Ramsey County Environmental Health at 651-266-1199 to arrange a pick-up time.


For questions, visit or or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.