Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Residential organics recycling - Sign Up Now.

Fall 2016 Organics Recycling Trainings
Come to one of two session to get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations and tips that make organics recycling easier in your home.  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 you can sign up to be the leader on your block.
Tuesday September 27, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m. at Longfellow Park (3435 36th Ave S)
Thursday October 13, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m. at Windom Park Northeast (2251 Hayes St)

RSVPs are encouraged but not required.  RSVP here.

Organics Recycling How-to participate video

Español (Spanish):
Reciclaje Orgánico ; Agradezca a la naturaleza con el reciclaje de material orgánica

Hmoob (Hmong):
Nroog Minneapolis nyoj khoom tsis siv; Siv kev sau khoom lwj tau mus ua siv dua los txhawb kho lub ntiaj teb huab cua
Somaaligh (Somali):
Dib-U warshadaynta Qashinka dabiicigaa; Ku soo celi abuurka/caynta organnikada dib-u isticmaalidda organnikada

Organics recycling includes collecting fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells, non-recyclable and food-soiled paper, and more for composting. The new organics recycling program is an easy way for residents to reduce waste.  To take part, residents must sign up by filling out our online form, by contacting Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or at  Residents who sign up to participate will receive an organics recycling cart within a couple weeks.  Residents may begin using their organics cart as soon as they receive it. 

As of Wednesday September 6, 2016, 39.5% of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers have signed up to participate.
Visit our Acceptable Organics webpage and our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information on what can be placed in your organics recycling cart. Sign up to receive email updates on the citywide organics recycling program.

Even if you aren't eligible to have organics recycling pickup at your home, you can bring your organics for recycling to one of seven
organics recycling drop-off sites.

Organics Collection Service

Organics are collected every week.  The maximum weight for an organics recycling cart and its contents is 200 pounds.

How to Prepare your Organics Recycling


Collect organics in your home in a method convenient for you.  Visit our Home Setup Tips webpage for examples of how to collect organics in your home.  Before your collection day, place bagged (paper grocery bag or certified compostable plastic bag) organics into your organics recycling cart.  Place your organics recycling cart at your collection point before 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day.  Visit our Acceptable Organics webpage to see what all can be collected for organics recycling. 

Home Container Labels

Label containers in your home so guests know how to properly sort their waste. Stickers are available for your interior recycling, organics recycling, and trash containers located throughout your house. To order stickers to help improve your home collection system, call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email your request including the number of each type of stickers you want to

Educational Tag

Our crews cannot pick up your organics recycling if there is a problem with it.  Unacceptable organics will be marked with an educational tag.  If you find a tag, please read it over to understand what the issue with your organics was, correct the problem, and place your organics recycling cart out on your next collection day.  

Some reasons why your organics might not be picked up include:

Collection Time

Your organics recycling will be picked up at any time starting at 6 a.m. on your collection day.  You may notice your organics are collected at about the same time every week.  Please understand that changes in weather conditions, crew assignments and equipment problems can change your pickup to earlier or later in the day.  Please make sure your organics cart is always out by 6 a.m. on your collection day.

Missed Organics

If you do not find an educational tag and you believe your organics were missed, please wait until after 3:30 p.m. on the day of pickup before calling Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917.  Sorry, but we will not return for your organics if your cart was not out on time.

Holiday Schedule

When your collection day falls after a major holiday, collection will be one day later than normal.  See the Holiday Schedule for more information.

If you have any additional questions, please call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or by emailing

Organics Recycling Public Service Announcement (released April 17, 2015)

Espñol (Spanish): Reciclaje de Desechos Orgánicos en Minneapolis
Hmoob (Hmong): Nroog Minneapolis nyoj khoom tsis siv
Somaaligh (Somali): Dib u warshadaynta Qashinka dabiiciga ah


Last updated Sep 9, 2016