Find out when organics recycling is coming to your block

Organics recycling is coming to Minneapolis, and customers can now search for their addresses on a map showing the two phases of the rollout of the service. Organics recycling carts will be distributed in two phases: about one quarter of households will have service available in August 2015 and the rest in spring 2016. The two phases have been planned by area to create the most efficient collection routes.

Green organics recycling carts will be distributed only to those customers who sign up to participate in organics collection. People can start using their green carts as soon as they’re delivered. To get a green organics collection cart, Minneapolis recycling customers should watch their mailboxes.  Customers who haven’t signed up will receive organics recycling sign-up packets in the mail before April 17. These packets include postage-paid reply cards to make signing up by mail easier. Customers who don’t want to wait for those packets can sign up by emailing their service addresses to [email protected] or by calling 612-673-2917.

Any Minneapolis resident can recycle organics now by bringing their organics to any of the City’s organics drop-off sites.

What can be composted?

Organics collection will include all food scraps, including fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, pasta, nut shells, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and dairy products. Some of these can’t be managed in a backyard compost bin. Organics recycling also includes food-soiled paper that can’t be recycled in the blue cart, including paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, wax paper, egg cartons and pizza boxes. Just make sure the paper is not lined with plastic. Other things that can go into organics recycling include wood chopsticks, wood Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, dryer lint, animal and human hair, certified compostable plastic and houseplant trimmings.

More information on organics recycling is available at

Published Mar 31, 2015



Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 


311 call center

311 TTY relay service

City of Minneapolis Facebook City of Minneapolis Twitter City of Minneapolis YouTube ChaNNEL Minneapolis 311 Minneapolis 14 Government TV City of Minneapolis LinkedIn

Minneapolis, City of Lakes logo