Residents without city curbside organics service can bring their food scraps and non-recyclable paper to organics drop-off sites located in Bloomington. These sites are offered at NO ADDITIONAL COST to residents!
About 30% of our garbage is comprised of organic material. Removing this material from the waste-stream can save energy and reduce Greenhouse Gases. Organic materials collected at the drop-off sites will be taken to an industrial organics site and turned into nutrient-rich compost.
When compost is added to soil, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and increases water retention which allows for more efficient use of water. The compost will be used primarily by commercial landscapers, in road construction projects and in gardens.
Any Bloomington resident, including residents living in an apartment, condo or townhome can sign up. A welcome kit will be delivered to residents who register. This starter kit includes details on how to recycle organics and compostable bags.
Use an ice cream bucket, coffee container or yogurt tub, or purchase a kitchen countertop organics container. Line the container with a certifiedcompostablebag. Paper bags are accepted in the organics program as well, and are great for collecting your dry organics, like paper towels, napkins and egg cartons.
Vent the lid on the container to reduce odor.
Line your container with the bag and begin collecting food scraps and non recyclable papers. (Using bags makes it easier to transport the organics from your home to the drop-off location and helps reduce odor and pests. See the list of acceptable items below. Loose food scraps are not accepted.)
Tie the bag shut and bring to the most convenient drop off location.
Valley View Park - 201 E 90th St (in parking lot in-between pool and ballfields)
West Bush Lake Park - 95th St and W Bush Lake Rd (Near "Shelter 1" in parking lot next to maintenance storage building)
Hennepin County also hosts an organics drop-off site at the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-off Center at 1400 W 96th St. Hours are posted on the Hennepin County website.
Organics from small businesses are NOT accepted at the city locations. Organics are accepted from small businesses ONLY at the Hennepin County drop-off site are limited to no more than five (5) bags per day.
In June of 2020, the City hosted a virtual organics recycling workshop. The recording is an hour long and covers what organics recycling is, how to get started, tours a few composters kitchens, and answers plenty of questions from residents. Watch the webinar to become an expert!
Organics drop-off registration
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