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Curbside organics recycling service to start in March

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Media Releases Published November 18, 2021
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Starting the week of March 7, Bloomington residents will be able to conveniently recycle organics for composting at the curb. This will ensure that the City is in compliance with Hennepin County Ordinance 13, which requires cities with more than 10,000 residents to make organics recycling available to residents by 2022.

“Adding curbside organics recycling service in Bloomington fits with the City’s strategic priority to be more sustainable by reducing the amount of garbage sent to landfills and incinerators and reducing the citywide carbon footprint,” Mayor Tim Busse said.

All residents in the City’s garbage and recycling program will pay for curbside organics recycling, like they do for regular recycling. The City Council approved a rate of $5.50 per month on November 15. There is no additional cost to receive an organics cart, but sign up is required.

To receive an organics cart by the program start date, sign up by December 1. Residents may sign up online at or return the postage-paid, sign-up postcard they will receive by mail. Residents may also sign up by calling Utility Billing at 952-563-8726 or by sending an email to Residents who sign up after December 1 will receive their cart in mid-April at the latest, after the first rollout of carts has been completed.

Residents who sign up for organics will receive a 30-gallon organics cart that will be collected weekly on their garbage day. Those who sign up will also receive an organics welcome packet with more information and tips for collecting organics at home.

“Because one-third of an average resident’s garbage is organic material that could be composted, those participating in the organics program could save money by switching to a smaller garbage cart,” Project Coordinator Laura Horner said.

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

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