Organics recycling

Organics drop-off use increasing

The organics drop-off program has grown to more than 1,500 participants. A recent study found approximately 30% of the average Minnesotan’s garbage was material that could have been composted. 

Recycling organics is an easy way to make a difference. All food waste is accepted, including fruit and vegetable scraps, meat and bones, and dairy products. Acceptable papers include Biodegradable Products Institute-certified paper products, as well as nonrecyclable paper products which are not lined with plastic, including paper towels and napkins. 

Drop-offs are located at West Bush Lake, Valley View Park, and the Hennepin County Recycling and Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site. Visit or call 952-563-8760 to sign up for the program, see a full list of acceptable items and find drop-off locations.

To learn more, check out the Organics Recycling 101 webinar now available at