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Recycling organics

Refresh your routine with organics recycling

In the average household, organic materials such as food scraps, non-recyclable paper items like paper towels and other compostable items like tea bags make up one-third of the trash pile, but there’s a better place they can go. The City has two organics recycling drop-off locations: Valley View Park, 201 East 90th Street in the parking lot between the pool and the ballfields, and West Bush Lake Park, 95th Street and West Bush Lake Road in the parking lot near Shelter 1. Collection hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until 10 p.m. at each location. Hennepin County also hosts an organics drop-off site at the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-of Center at 1400 West 96th Street. Hours are posted on the Hennepin County website at blm.mn/countyorganics

Organics collected at the drop-off locations is turned into compost, which adds valuable nutrients back into the soil. The compost is used primarily by commercial landscapers, in road construction projects and in gardens.

Nine hundred and seventy-five residents have signed up for the program. New participants are mailed a welcome kit, which includes 10 compostable plastic bags, a reference guide magnet, an adhesive label for your organics storage container and program brochure. Sign up at blm.mn/organics. This helps the City track the success of the program, and ensures you are aware of any program changes.