Organics recycling reaches 40 percent opt-in rate
Residents can still sign up for collection, training offered Oct. 13
Just more than a year into the citywide organics recycling program, the number of participating customers has reached the opt-in rate predicted in a study conducted before the program rollout: 40 percent. The City collects food scraps, coffee grounds, meat trimmings, paper towels and many other items weekly from more than 42,500 households for composting. Since it started rolling out the citywide program in August 2015, the City has collected more than 2,700 tons of organics.
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers who aren’t already in the organics recycling program can sign up now to receive a cart. They can fill out the online form or call 612-673-2917 to get started with organics recycling. There is no extra cost, but they have to sign up. Residents who participate in the program may be able to reduce the size of their garbage carts and save money on their City of Minneapolis utility bills.
Organics recycling includes:
- All food scraps including fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, pasta, nut shells, eggshells and dairy products.
- Non-recyclable and food-soiled paper products including paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, egg cartons and pizza boxes.
- Certified compostable paper cups, plates, bowls, utensils, bags and takeout containers.
- Other compostable items including coffee grounds; tea bags; wood chopsticks, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks; hair; and houseplant trimmings.
Organics recycling does not include yard waste; pet waste, litter or bedding; milk cartons; ice cream tubs; Chinese food containers; dryer lint; dryer sheets; diapers; sanitary products; cleaning or baby wipes; grease; oil; Styrofoam; foil-lined products; non-certified compostable bags and food service items; or products labeled “biodegradable.”
Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics.
Learn how to collect organics at home for the City’s organics recycling program
The City is offering an organics recycling training session Thursday. Anyone can:
- Get their questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations and tips that make organics recycling at home easy.
- Get an organics kitchen collection container (while supplies last).
- Learn what happens to organics once they are collected.
- Pick up a yard sign to promote the organics recycling program.
- Hear about the City’s new Recycling Block Leader program and how to sign up.
6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13
Windom Northeast Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE
Video: find out how you can participate in organics recycling
Minneapolis organics recycling
The City is collecting organics for recycling. Find out how you can participate.
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Published Oct 12, 2016