Organics recycling

Compost BinsOrganics recycling is another opportunity to significantly reduce trash. About one-third of what we throw away is organic material, such as food scraps and non-recyclable paper. By turning organics into compost, they become a nutrient-rich soil amendment useful for landscaping, gardening, and road construction projects.

Compost bins

Compost bins are for sale year-round at the Hennepin County drop-off facility in Brooklyn Park. More information is available on the Hennepin County website.


Organics are accepted at Hennepin County drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington. More information is available online on the Green Disposal Guide.

Materials accepted

Materials accepted in organics recycling:

  1. All Food
  2. Food-soiled paper
  3. Certified compostable products
  4. Other compostable household items
  • Bakery and dry goods
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones

Materials not accepted in organics recycling

  • Animal and pet waste
  • Cleaning or baby wipes
  • Diapers and sanitary products
  • Dryer sheets and lint
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Grease or oil
  • Gum
  • Litter or bedding
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Products labeled "biodegradable"
  • Recyclable items (cartons, glass, metal, paper, plastic)
  • Yard waste