Residential Recycling and Waste Reduction
The following information is meant to assist Oakdale residents in their recycling and waste reduction efforts.
Food scraps drop-off program
Nearly 20 percent of our trash is food waste. When you participate in Washington County’s food scraps drop-off program, your food waste and non-recyclable paper products are turned into finished compost. Compost is a valuable resource that improves soil, reduces erosion, and decreases the need for fertilizers! Here’s how the program works:
- Find a container to collect food scraps. Use a plastic or steel container that you already have at home, like an ice cream bucket or a coffee tin, for a compost pail. Or, buy a container from a retailer. The City of Oakdale provides residents with a free compost pail while supplies last. Contact Hannah Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free pail! Limit one pail per household.
- Start collecting food scraps at home. Line your container with a compostable bag and fill it with food scraps and other accepted items like fruits and vegetables, coffee and eggshells, bread and pasta, paper towels, and dirty paper bags. Pick up free compostable bags at a Washington County food scraps drop-off site. If using a bag not provided by the County, check that it has the “compostable” logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on the bag or the box.
- Bring bagged food scraps to a drop-off site. If you’re worried about your compost smelling in your kitchen, try storing your filled bags in your fridge or freezer in between drop-offs. When you drop off a filled bag, pick up another free bag!
Visit the Food Scraps Program site for more information on locations/hours and accepted items. Washington County residents may also access drop-off locations through Ramsey County including Maplewood, Battle Creek and Franks & Sims. Please note that some drop-off locations are 24/7, while other locations are only accessible during certain (season) hours.
Learn more about the food scraps program with this video from the Oakdale Environmental Management Commission.