Starting in early 2022, residents will be able to conveniently recycle their organics for composting at the curb in a separate cart. Organics are any item that came from a plant or animal that will turn into compost. This includes all food scraps, including meat and dairy products that cannot be composted in backyard piles, pizza boxes, napkins, paper towels, and more. After organics are collected from the curb, they are taken to a commercial composting facility where they are recycled and turned into compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment.
Curbside organics recycling fits with the City’s strategic priority to be sustainable and to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills and incinerators. In addition, Hennepin County has required cities with more than 10,000 residents to make curbside organics recycling available by 2022.
At the June 7, 2021 City Council meeting, the Council approved the scope of services for the curbside program. All households in the solid waste program will be billed for organics like regular recycling service, and residents will receive an organics cart by signing up for the organics cart drop-off service through the City. The program is anticipated to begin in early 2022. Residents will receive more information about the program including the exact start date, how to sign up for a cart, what is accepted in organics carts, and how to collect organics easily in your home in the coming months. To learn more about organics recycling and stay up to date on the program development, residents can visit blm.mn/organics.