View the current Reuse, Recycling, & Disposal guide from the City here!

Current Information for Residents

Pickup
Recycling in Macalester-Groveland is picked up each Monday. Please have your recyclables set out in your wheeled cart by 7am Monday morning. For more information on sorting, please visit Eureka Recycling’s website.  If you have any questions about your recycling schedule or missed pickups, please call Eureka Recycling’s Zero Waste Hotline at 651-222-7678.

Visit the  City of Saint Paul’s recycling page to find information about apartment recycling, business recycling, and the recycling drop-off center at 309 Como Avenue.

Other Resources

Hard to Recycle Items
Have bulky or hard-to-recycle items?  Call the Ramsey County Solid Waste & Recycling Hotline 24/7 at 651-633-EASY (3279), visit ramseyrecycles.com, or call the council office 651-695-4000.  Rethink Recycling, your go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities, has information on reducing waste and recycling a wide range of items at www.rethinkrecycling.com.


Got free reusable items?  Give them away on the Twin Cities Free Market – twincitiesfreemarket.org.


Planning to get rid of electronic items? Tech Dump now has a drop-off location in Saint Paul. Visit http://www.techdump.org/electronics-recycling/ for more information.


Safely dispose of unwanted, expired and unused medicines for free at one of six public drop boxes in Ramsey County.


To help address the ongoing problem of trash and litter in our community, the city is encouraging community members to help clean, beautify and improve their neighborhoods. Clean neighborhoods benefit everyone!

The Come Clean! Program offers multiple ways to get involved. You supply the time, energy and enthusiasm and we will supply the trash bags, gloves and many, many thanks. Businesses and individuals who Adopt-a-Block can request a window cling or lawn sign in recognition of their efforts. 

Learn more about the Come Clean program here.

The City of Saint Paul has temporarily changed or suspended some of its Come Clean! program activities. Check website for updates.


Recycle Smart: Guide to accepted materials

Recycle Smart: Know what goes in your recycling cart.

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Doing some extra spring cleaning? Make it your goal to recycle more and recycle right. Keeping non-recyclable items out of your cart helps reduce challenges with collection, sorting, and processing your items into something new. If you put the right things in your cart, they will be recycled. Recycle Smart, do your part and pledge to only put the right items in your recycling cart.

Follow the link for a full list of accepted recyclables!


Recycle Smart: Keep most take-out containers out of your recycling cart.

Styrofoam™ (#6 plastic) and black plastic to-go containers cannot be recycled because they are an unmarketable plastic. Paper to-go containers cannot be recycled because they are often lined with plastic film or contaminated with food. Certified compostable containers and paper plates, napkins, and paper towels can be composted through the Ramsey County Organics Recycling program or an organics recycling drop-off site but cannot be recycled.

All black plastics, and to-go containers that are made of #6 plastic (either foam or hard plastic) are not recyclable in our program. The equipment used at recycling facilities cannot sort or detect black plastics. There are no markets that can use #6 or black plastics.


Recycle Smart: Don’t put recycling in a plastic bag in your recycling cart.

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Make sure your recyclables are placed loose in your recycling cart. Recyclables in plastic bags don’t get properly sorted at the recycling facility and often end up in the garbage.  Remember to not put any plastic bags in your recycling cart.

Recycle smart and do your part by putting your recyclables loose in your recycling cart.


Recycle Smart: Keep random metal items out of your recycling cart.

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Random metal items such as pots and pans, pipes, hangers, and tools can damage equipment and harm workers at recycling sorting facilities. Do not place these items in your recycling cart. Recycle Smart and do your part by taking random metal items to a scrap metal recycler. Find options by searching the Ramsey County Disposal Guide.


Recycle Smart: Keep propane tanks out of your recycling cart.

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Whether you’re grilling out or gearing up for a camping trip, it is important to remember that it is illegal to put propane tanks, helium tanks, and other pressurized cylinders in your recycling or garbage carts. Cylinders and tanks contain a compressed gas which makes them explosive and a potential fire hazard. They are extremely dangerous for workers collecting and sorting your recyclables.

Recycle Smart and do your part by properly disposing of all propane tanks. Bring all pressurized gas cylinders and tanks to the Ramsey County Hazardous Waste Collection site for free.


Recycle Smart: Keep plastic bags out of your recycling cart.

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Plastic bags and wrap get tangled in the equipment at recycling sorting facilities and workers spend hours each day removing them. Plastic bags and wrap can only be recycled if brought back to a retail drop-off location.

Recycle Smart and do your part to reduce and recycle plastic bags and wrap. Bring reusable bags with you when shopping and recycle plastic bags and wrap at drop-off locations, including grocery stores, food co-ops, and retail stores.

Find drop off locations at PlasticFilmRecycling.org 


Recycle Smart: Keep electronics and batteries out of your recycling cart.

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Batteries and electronics can damage equipment and harm workers collecting and sorting your recycling. Batteries are especially dangerous as they can start fires at recycling sorting facilities.

Recycle Smart and do your part to properly recycle electronics and batteries. Find disposal options below.

  • Larger electronics, such as TVs, computer monitors, and computer towers: Residents with Citywide Garbage Service may have these collected as a bulky item. Contact your garbage hauler to schedule a pickup. Find more info here.
  • Household batteries: These items are not accepted* in residential recycling or garbage collection programs. Drop these off at the Ramsey County Hazardous Waste site or an alternate battery recycler.
  • Electronic items: Items with batteries that you cannot remove, such as certain cell phones, e-cigs, and electronic toothbrushes should be taken to an electronics recycler. Find disposal options here.
  • *Alkaline batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, & D) can be disposed of in the garbage, but should be taken to the Ramsey County Hazardous Waste site for recycling. These batteries do not contain mercury and do not need special handling.

Recycle Smart and do your part to properly recycle electronics and batteries. Find details about Garbage Service bulky item collections and HHW disposal options at stpaul.gov/recycle.


Recycle Smart: Keep needles and syringes out of your recycling cart.

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Needles and syringes should never be placed in your recycling cart. Prevent injuries and disease transmission by disposing of these items safely through one of the following options:

  • Participate in a collection program through your healthcare provider.
  • Participate in mail-back programs through sharps recyclers.
  • Bring your sharps to the Ramsey County drop-off facility for proper recycling.
  • Purchase a sharps needle destruction device for your home to bend, break, incinerate, or shear sharps.

Learn about disposal options HERE.