Organics Recycling is Off to a Big Start
Saturday, August 6, 2016 11:20 AM

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Where to find the new organics recycling drop-off site

District 10's organics recycling drop-off site in Como Park has been an immediate success. After being open less than a year, the site is now the second-busiest in Ramsey County, and it now has five times more capacity than it did when it opened in July 2016.

To help you get started, we've also got starter kits containing compostable bags, refrigerator magnets, and other supplies to help you succeed in reducing your waste footprint. You can pick up the starter kits at the Como Park Streetcar Station on Sundays between noon and 4 p.m.

Organics recycling is another step in moving our community toward zero waste: A typical household that recycles organic waste can reduce the volume of trash it produces by one-third. District 10 set up the site in response to residents who said the locations and limited hours of existing county drop-off sites made it more difficult for them to recycle their organic waste.

The community drop-off is a great option for those who don’t have the space or time to maintain their own backyard compost bin. Plus, because the waste is recycled commercially, the District 10 site can accept items that are nearly impossible to compost in your backyard. Items you can recycle at the District 10 site include:

  • Food scraps (including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bones, eggs, and dairy)
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Paper towels, paper napkins, paper tissues, paperboard egg cartons, and delivery pizza boxes

For a detailed list of acceptable items, go to the Organics Waste page at ramseyrecycles.com.

Logistics
The District 10 site:

  • Is on Beulah Lane, just north of the Humane Society and just west of the McMurray Field baseball field and soccer fields (green "Organics Recycling" signs on nearby streets will help you find it)
  • is closer and more convenient than current county yard waste sites
  • is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • is free for all Ramsey County residents

District 10 does stock the site with compostable bags, though heavy use means the bags are not always available. However, you can buy compostable bags commercially; they are available at such retailers as Cub, Mississippi Market, and Target. Twice a year, Eureka Recycling also makes them available in bulk through its buyers co-op. If you do buy your own bags, be sure they are certified from BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) or the U.S. Composting Council. For dry organics, you can use brown paper grocery bags. However, please do not use standard lawn bags and kitchen waste bags. They are plastic. They cannot be recycled. That kind of defeats the purpose of an organics recycling site. 

The Como Park site is an initiative of District 10’s Como Composts campaign, with the cooperation and support of Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board. Funding is provided by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board through Community POWER: Partners on Waste Education and Reduction.

District 10 will maintain the site at least through 2017, until the City of Saint Paul begins curbside collection of organics.

To get started in your home
Set up a food scrap bin in your kitchen. Line it with a compostable bag, and place food scraps in the bin every day. When the bin is full, take the bag to the organics recycling site in Como Park.

To find out more about simple steps you can take to reduce waste, see the Rethink Recycling website.

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Dropping off a bag of recyclable organics is easy.
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