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Starting the week of March 7, 2022, residents with City garbage and recycling service can conveniently recycle their organics for composting at the curb. About 30 percent of trash is made up of food scraps and other material that could be composted.  Like regular recycling, all households will see a monthly charge for organics recycling on their utility bill after the program begins in March 2022.  There is no additional cost to receive an organics cart, but sign up is required. 

How it works

  • Sign up by December 1, 2021 to receive your organics cart by March 7. If you sign up between December 1 – April 1 you will receive your cart in mid-April. Those who sign up after April 1 will receive their cart on an on-going basis. 
  • You will receive a 30-gallon organics cart that will be collected weekly on the same day as your garbage. 
  • A welcome kit will be dropped off with your organics cart when it is delivered that includes a starter set of compostable plastic bags, home setup tips, and a reference guide refrigerator magnet.

How to get started collecting organics

1. Set up a container:  You can use an ice cream pail, coffee can or cottage cheese tub. You can convert an existing garbage can into an organics container. Or you can buy a kitchen pail from a grocery, hardware or other retail store, or order one online.

If you'd like a label for your organics container, you can order one through Hennepin County.

2. Sort it: Start with food, and then add other compostable items.  Food scraps are the most common material in the trash, so it's especially important to collect them for organics recycling. When you're in a groove with sorting your food scraps, start collecting other compostable items. Compost other items like paper towels, napkins and compostable take out containers.   For a full list of what you can and can't place in your cart, check out the "accepted materials" section below. 

3. Bag It:  Organics must be bagged for collection. This helps organics come out of your cart easily and reduces pests and odors.

  • Brown paper bags are compostable and you can use them for your organics recycling. 
  • Certified compostable plastic bags are often carried in grocery stores, hardware stores, large retail stores and sometimes in garden stores and nurseries. You can also search online for "BPI compostable plastic bags." Compostable bags come in sizes including mini, standard, lawn and leaf, and sometimes larger for businesses.

Make sure any plastic bags that claim to be compostable carry the BPI compostable logo on both the box and the bags themselves.  If buying bags online, check BPI’s website to verify they are certified compostable.

4. Drop It: Place your bagged organics in the organics cart. Pizza delivery boxes and paper egg cartons may be placed loosely in the cart.  

5. Roll it: Set your cart out by 7 a.m. out for weekly collection on the same day as your garbage collection.

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You must have City garbage and recycling service in order to sign up.

If you live in an apartment or townhome without City service, please visit the organics recycling drop-off webpage
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