Residential Food Scraps Pick Up

You’ll soon have a new way to recycle food scraps from home! Ramsey and Washington counties are working together to bring a food scraps pick up service to all residents, with rollout beginning late 2022 into 2023.  

Why: Over 20% of household trash is food scraps, like fruit peels, eggshells, coffee grounds and more. By separating your food scraps, you can help them turn back into soil instead of becoming waste.  

Who: Residents of Ramsey and Washington counties – whether you live in an apartment, condo or house. 

When: Rollout to begin late 2022 into 2023.  

How: Food scraps will be picked up from your home along with your trash. To participate, you will sign up to receive thick, compostable bags that will be shipped to your home at no charge. You’ll use these bags to collect your food scraps. Once a bag is full, you’ll place it in your regular trash cart or dumpster, and trash will be collected as usual. The bags will be mechanically sorted from the trash after collection so that they can be composted. 

This new program is part of a larger system for managing food scraps. County food scraps drop-off sites will remain in operation, and some people may prefer to compost food scraps in their backyards. Do what works best for you! 

Stay tuned for updates. 

In the meantime, more information can be found here on the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy website.