Organics Recycling Drop-off Site

Interested in reducing the amount of waste you toss into your trash can, minimizing your environmental impact, or saving money on yo trash bill?  Join today and start bringing your compostable organic waste, meat, dairy, bones, and non-recyclable paper to the Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site. The Organics Recycling Drop-off Site offers even avid backyard composters the opportunity to compost more materials like freezer boxes, egg cartons, paper towels, napkins, meat and bones, dairy products, compostable tableware, pizza boxes too greasy for recycling pick-up, and much more. 

 How it works:

  • Sign up through the Community Council office to receive your member guide and key (after June 1st we switch to a code), which gives you 24/7 access to the Drop-off Site.
  • Pick up BPI-certified compostable bags at the Community Council office or at a local grocery or hardware store.  Plastic bags contaminate our compost and are not allowed.

  • Start collecting food scraps, leftovers, nonrecyclable papers and much more at home and bring them to the Drop-off Site.

  • Organics are hauled to a high heat, commercial composting facility and processed into nutrient-rich finished compost., continue to have 24/7 access to the Drop-off Site. 

As of June 1st, the Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site will be a completely free service to anyone who lives or works in Saint Paul, thanks to support from the City of Saint Paul. Until June 1st, if you'd like to join as a new member the fee is $15.  

Although there will not be a fee for using the Drop-off Site during the next operating year (June 1st, 2014 through May 31st, 2015), all members (both new and renewing) must complete a new registration form.  Members’ annual registration information helps us track how many people are using the Drop-off Site so that we can make sure we have enough scheduled pick-ups to accommodate everyone's materials, and it allows us to share important updates and information with our members and help ensure we keep our collected organics—and the resulting compost-- free of contamination.

Download and return the 2014-2015 registration form (linked below) through any of the following methods:

  • Bring it to the MGCC's Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 10th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Smail Gallery in the Olin-Rice Science Center (Macalester College).
  • Bring it to the the Home Improvement Fair on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am - 2:00pm at Cretin-Derham Hall (550 South Albert Street).  Look for us next to the registration tables outside the gym.
  • Bring it or mail it to the Community Council office (320 South Griggs Street).  Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am - 2:00pm or by appointment.  Please feel free use our mail slot if the office is closed.
  • Or send it via email - scan and send your completed form to 


Organics Recycling Resources

The Macalester-Groveland Community Council has developed new resources to make organics recycling at home convenient and easy.   Each of the following resources is linked below in pdf format (apologies for the long list of links - web updates coming soon!):

  1. Our recommendations for the best BPI-certified compostable bags available locally.
  2. Photos of in-home set-ups for organics recycling, backyard compost, and trash bins to fit your space requirements and family size.
  3. Free color labels for organics, backyard compost, recycling and trash bins.

 Also, we love questions!  Please contact our program coordinator, Lauren, with any questions at either 651-695-4000 or


Psst!  Six Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites now accepting household organics from residents, free of charge.  These sites include the Midway, East Side, and Summit Hill sites in Saint Paul.  MGCC welcomes the expansion of organics recycling services throughout our county, especially since we know that this will provide more convenient drop-off options for residents in other parts of the city.  Please look for more information at