Additional Recycling and Resources

Free Recycling Drop-Off Center

309 Como Avenue S, St. Paul, 55103 (Como & Minnehaha) is a free drop-off for Saint Paul residents and small businesses to take recycling, including cardboard.  Site is hosted by Advanced Disposal.  Items must be sorted.  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM – noon.  For additional items accepted at this site, visit St. Paul Recycling Drop Off.

Food Scraps Collection at Home

Do you want to start recycling your food scraps?  Get a small household starter kit for your home.  Kit includes a small caddy (a lidded pail), compostable bags, and tips for use. Fill your bag-lined caddy with your food scraps and other acceptable items, then take it to the food scraps collection dumpster at the yard waste sites.  Dispose of the bag and pick up a new compostable bag for the caddy.  Our office also has compostable bags for the caddy.

Kits are available at the Ramsey County Yard Waste sites and from the district council office until gone.  More details at Ramsey Co Food Scraps Kits.  To request a kit or additional compostable bags from the Payne-Phalen Community Council office, please email district5@paynephalen.org and include your name, address, and phone number.  We will arrange to drop off a kit or the bags at your residence.

Composting at Home

Are you interested in trying composting at home?  You can find information on backyard composting on several sites:
City of Saint Paul: Saint Paul Yard Waste and Compost. The page includes composting in your own backyard and composting with worms.
Eureka Recycling: has several composting information pieces in their Resource Library, including a Backyard Composting fact sheet.
Ramsey County: Backyard Composting.  This page includes “How-to” videos in 4 languages, benefits of composting, how to use compost, compost bin sale information, and more.
University of MN Extension Services: Univ. of MN Extension composting

Compost bin sales
Compost bins are available year-round through the Recycling Association of Minnesota RAM bins. The year-round sale purchases can be picked up in Maplewood.  Bins are also offered for sale in the spring with different pickup locations throughout the metro. Discounts are offered for Ramsey County residents.  More information at Ramsey composting.

Recycling at Events *

*Note: most programs to borrow Clear Stream containers are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.  Check websites for updates.

Do you have a family reunion, wedding, company picnic, or fundraiser coming up?  Collect the recycling and compostable items (food scraps) at your event using Clear Stream container stands.  Containers are easy to transport, quick to set up, and can be used indoors or outdoors.  Borrow for your organics waste, recycling, or both!

If you live in the Payne-Phalen Community Council (District 5) area, email recycling@paynephalen.org to reserve containers and for more information.  Your reservation includes containers, bags, and signs.  Please reserve at least one week in advance.  Pick up and return containers to the Payne-Phalen Community Council office at 567 Payne Avenue.

Additional locations to borrow Clear Stream containers from:
The City of Saint Paul and many of the District Councils have containers to borrow.  Contact the City at 266-8866 or visit the City website  for information stpaul.gov/recycling-and-waste-reduction/event-recycling-and-composting.
The Ramsey County Environmental Health office has containers to borrow.  For details and to reserve containers, call their office at 651-266-1199 or visit ramseycounty.us/residents/recycling-containers-events.