Organic Recycling

Our organics pilot is ready! Sign up for the organics program with the Eventbrite link below, then stop by the Planning Department to pick up your Organics Recycling Kit!


Welcome to the organics page! Looking for an opportunity to expand what you recycle while also reducing what goes into your garbage can?  The City of Ramsey is offering an organics drop-off program for free to those that would like to participate!  Organics make up about 1/3 of Minnesota’s garbage.  Capturing organics for recycling will help Ramsey achieve the recycling goals set by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners and the State’s goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2030. 

How to Start

To start recycling organics today, simply swing by the Planning Division at the Ramsey Municipal Center, call, or sign up online at our Eventbrite page. Organics recycling kits are available for pick-up from the Planning Division during normal working hours (8:00am to 4:30pm). Included in your kit are: One 5-gallon pail, a roll of 8-gallon compostable bags, one BioBag 3-gallon bin, and one roll of 3 gallon bags. You will also receive the passcode for the locked drop-off receptacles and an information sheet detailing what is compostable. Collect organics from your kitchen and place them in the small bin. Place the bags in the large pail for easier transport to the drop off location. All food waste, soiled papers (napkins, pizza boxes), and other BPI certified compostable materials can be place in the Organics drop-off container! Please place all food in BPI compostable bags. Cardboard can be placed directly into the organics container.  

Why Organics Recycling?

Organics recycling is a form of commercial composting where organic material is separated from garbage meant for landfills. Unlike traditional backyard composting, all foods, including meats and dairy products, as well as used paper products, such as pizza boxes and tissue paper, which are not usually recyclable, are collected and turned into compost. 

Organics recycling helps reduce soil erosion, reliance on chemical fertilizers (when finished compost is lightly applied to maintained yards, and reduces methane producing bacteria in landfills. In addition to increasing soil nutrients, crop production and water retention, organics recycling also benefits the economy by creating jobs and revenue.  Help us reach our goal to recycle 75% of our waste by joining the ornganics recycling program!