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What can be included in curbside organics recycling

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Bloomington Briefing Published April 6, 2022
Updated on September 15, 2022
  • All food
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Pasta, beans and rice
  • Bread and cereal
  • Nuts and shells
  • Food-soiled paper
  • Pizza boxes from delivery
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Certified compostable products (Look for the BPI or Cedar Grove logos or the term “compostable” on certified products.)
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Hair and nail clippings
  • Cotton balls and swabs with paper stems
  • Houseplants and flowers
  • Tea bags
  • Small wooden items such as chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks

For a detailed list of what can and can’t be composted, visit

How do I sign up?

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, a welcome packet with information and tips to start collecting organics, and compost bags. The organics will be collected weekly on their garbage day.

What should I do with my organics if I don’t have City garbage and recycling service?

Drop off organics at one of the City’s organics free drop-off sites. The City will continue to operate the free organics drop-off sites for residents in multifamily housing not serviced through the City’s garbage and recycling program. To start composting now, visit