Organics Recycling

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

Materials accepted in organics recycling:

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  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bakery and dry goods

Food-soiled paper

  • Napkins, paper towels and tissues
  • Pizza boxes from delivery
  • Paper egg cartons

Certified compostable products

  • Compostable paper and plastic cups, plates, bowls, utensils and containersLook for the BPI or Cedar Grove logos or the term "compostable" on certified products.

Other compostable household items

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Hair and nail clippings
  • Cotton balls and swabs with paper stems
  • Houseplants and flowers
  • Tea bags
  • Wooden items such as chopsticks, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks

Materials NOT accepted in organics recycling:

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