Organics recycling

What are organics? Organics are the biodegradable portion of trash that can be composted at a commercial composting facility that includes:

  • all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food
  • soiled, non-recyclable papers such as facial tissue, paper towels, paper napkins and delivery pizza boxes
  • certified compostable products such as compostable tableware and bags labeled with the Cedar Grove Composting or the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo

Why are organics important? Organics make up 25% Р35% of what we throw away. Those materials can be separated for composting and recycled into compost instead of being thrown away. Compost is a soil amendment that benefits all soil types and greatly improves moisture retention, soil structure and binds nutrients in the root zone for healthier plants. It can be used in landscaping, erosion control, seeding and road construction projects.

Who is collecting organics for composting? Organics recycling programs are expanding everywhere. In Anoka County, there are two organics drop-offs at its compost sites. Additionally, about half of the communities have drop-off sites for residents to bring their organics. Area schools and restaurants have also started organics collection programs. Organics collection is happening at local community events such as the 3M Championship Golf Tournament and Bunker Beach.

How can I recycle my organics? Sign up to participate in an organics drop-off program today:

To get started with the County Organics Drop-off Program

  • Sign up using the online form. If you completed a sign-up form at one of the compost sites no need to complete our online form too. (Contact information is gathered so that we can notify you of updates or changes to the organics drop-off program.)
  • Pick up a free starter kit at the compost sites during hours of operation or at the Recycling and Resource Solutions Office (1530 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover) Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30.
  • Collect organic waste in a compostable bag and tie off the bag.
  • Visit the compost site during hours of operation and place the bag in the organics recycling container.
  • Ask the monitor for more free BPI certified bags.

Watch for organics collection containers at events; most containers have signage to identify types of recycled items accepted. The Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints stadiums offer organics collection.

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