Organics and Yard Waste 

Maplewood has a Free Collection Site for Organics Recycling!

We have a new organics recycling collection site located next to the Maplewood Community Center (2100 White Bear Avenue). You can use it anytime! Look for the enclosure on the west side of the parking lot. This site is for residential use only. No businesses please.

Get started by collecting organics recycling in four easy steps:

  1. Visit City Hall to pick up a free starter kit. The starter kit includes a small kitchen caddy, compostable bags and tips for success.
  1. Fill up your compostable bags with organics recycling. See our accepted and not accepted list at
  1. Bring it to our collection site for free disposal.
  1. Grab more bags inside the enclosure (there is a 2 bag limit per week). If the site is out of bags, stop by City Hall to pick up more bags.  If you are unable to visit City Hall during business hours to pick up a starter kit, you can get one at any Ramsey County yard waste site (where organics can also  be recycled).  . 

For more information visit or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

Back Yard Composting for Organics and Yard Waste

Back yard composting is easy to do and it gives you a supply of compost, a nutrient-rich organic material that can help improve the soil in your garden. City requirements for back yard compost piles or bins include: 

  • Small quantities of lawn and garden waste and kitchen food scraps can be composted.
  • Compost pile or bin cannot be in the front yard.
  • Compost pile or bin must be at least 5 feet from rear or side property lines.
  • Compost pile or bin must not be a nuisance to neighbors due to objectionable odors, vector of disease, attracting unwanted wildlife or unsightliness.

Compost Bin Sale

The Recycling Association of Minnesota holds an annual compost bin sale each spring.  Click her for additional information. 

Other Yard Waste Disposal Options

Yard Waste Disposal Through the Maplewood Trash Plan: Check out information on the city's yard waste subscription and one-time yard waste pick up in Maplewood's Annual Solid Waste Guide, or contact the city's trash and yard waste contractor, Republic Services, at 651-455-8634.

Yard Waste Disposal Through the Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites: You can also take your yard waste to one of Ramsey County's yard waste sites