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Curbside organics recycling debuts next month

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 31, 2022
Updated on January 31, 2022

Starting the second week of March, residents will be able to recycle organics conveniently at the curb. To sign up to receive your organics cart, call Utility Billing at 952-563-8726, email or visit

Residents who sign up for the service will receive a 30-gallon organics cart and a welcome packet with information and tips for collecting organics at home. Organics carts will be collected weekly on garbage day. Like regular recycling, curbside organics recycling service will be paid for by all residents in the City’s garbage and recycling program. The monthly rate for this service is $5.50. Because one-third of an average resident’s garbage is organic material that could be composted, residents participating in the organics program can save money by switching to a smaller garbage cart.

After organics are collected from the curb, they are taken to a facility where they are turned into compost, a nutrient-rich addition to soil.

What should you do with your organics in the meantime? Residents are encouraged to drop off organics at one of the City’s organics drop-off sites. The City will continue to operate the free organics drop-offs for residents in multifamily housing not serviced through the City’s garbage and recycling program. To start composting now, visit