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Earth Action Hero: You! Sign up for organics recycling drop off

About a third of what people throw away could be composted. Instead of trashing your food scraps and food-soiled paper products, bring them to one of the City’s two new organics recycling drop-off sites. Organics recycling includes food scraps and non-recyclable paper items. This is a free program for all residents.

Organics collected at the drop-off locations will be turned into compost, which will be used to add valuable nutrients back into the soil. When compost is added to soil, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and increases water retention, allowing for more efficient water use. The compost will be used primarily by commercial landscapers, in road construction projects and in gardens. 

If you want to drop off your organics, be sure to register at After you sign up, you’ll be able to stay connected with updates and tips and receive a welcome kit (including compostable bags) with more details on how to recycle organics. Signing up will also help the City track the success of the program.

To get started at home, place an organics recycling container lined with a paper bag or certified compostable plastic bag in a convenient location. Drop off organics recyclables at Valley View Park, 201 90th Street East, or West Bush Lake Park, 95th and West Bush Lake Road. Sites are open daily one half hour before sunrise until 10 p.m.

Business organics are not accepted at either City location. Organics are accepted from businesses at the Hennepin County drop-off site at 1400 96th Street West.