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Solid Waste & Recycling

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

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Residential organics recycling

Organics Recycling How-to participate video

Español (Spanish):
Reciclaje Orgánico
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Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers will soon be able to recycle fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells and other food scraps. The new organics recycling program is an easy way for residents to reduce waste.

To take part, residents must sign up by contacting Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or at Organics recycling will begin in two phases, with 25 percent of customers having organics recycling available in August 2015 and the rest in spring 2016. The phases are by area for the most efficient collection routes.

Search the map to find out when organics carts will be delivered to your block.


As of Monday November 2, 2015, 31.50% of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers have signed up to participate! 

Delivery of organics carts to Phase I area participants began Monday August 10, 2015.  Residents were able to use their organics cart as soon as they received it.  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 roll-out.

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


 Organics Recycling Public Service Announcement (released April 17, 2015)
Espñol (Spanish): Reciclaje de Desechos Orgánicos en Minneapolis
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Organics Recycling Collection

Organics Service:

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. 

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


Last updated Nov 9, 2015