Ramsey County opens Snelling Avenue food scrap collection site

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Dec. 21—Ramsey County has opened a new 24-hour collection site for food scraps and compostable materials in St. Paul's Highland Park.

The location, at 800 S. Snelling Ave., is the county's 16th drop-off site. All seven Ramsey County yard waste sites accept food scraps.

County officials said in a written announcement that more than 20 percent of what goes into the trash is food scraps. As compost, it can be used for gardening soil, landscaping and construction projects, with the goal of helping soil hold more water and nutrients, supporting more living organisms and controlling erosion and storm water runoff.

Free food scraps starter kits and compostable bags are available at Ramsey County Yard Waste collection sites while supplies last.

The county maintains an interactive map at tinyurl.com/RamCoMap2021 that shows collection sites for food scraps, yard waste, medicine and household hazardous waste. The Highland District Council is looking for volunteers to keep the new location at 800 S. Snelling Ave. clear of snow. Call 651-695-4005 or email info@highlanddistrictcouncil.org for more information.

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