Residential Organics Recycling
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers will have an organics recycling option starting in 2015 - 2016. Read the City's press release for information about the program roll-out and to find out how you can sign now to participate! Please continue to take advantage of the Residential Organics Drop-Offs until the citywide Organics Recycling program roll-out is complete.
The City of Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and various neighorhood groups, have opened Residential Organics Drop-Offs around the City. The drop-offs were opened to educate residents prior to the implementation of a citywide residential organics collection program. Visit our Organics Drop-Off webpage for more information on the drop-off locations currently available.
What are organics?
Organics include: All food scraps, most non-recyclable and food-soiled paper, certified compostable plastics and more! Your organics must be contained in a certified compostable bag or in a paper bag prior to it being brought to the residential organics drop-off. Large paper items such as pizza boxes, wax-coated boxes and egg cartons do not need to be bagged.
Below is more detailed information on the items that can and cannot be included in an orgnaics drop-off or curb/alley collection program. View this detailed Yes and No list for even more examples of what can and cannot be included.
- All food scraps including:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, fish and bones
- Bread, pasta and baked goods
- Egg shells
- Dairy products
- Note: Meat, fish, bones and dairy items are accepted at the residential organics drop-off and in the pilot residential organics collection areas because the organics are brought to a commercial composting facility where temperatures remain hot enough for long enough to kill any pathogens and break down these items. These items should not be placed in a backyard compost bin.
Food-Soiled & Non-Recyclable Paper:
- All paper, non-plastic lined plates, cups, bowls, etc.
- Food soiled paper and paper products whose fibers are too short to be recycled including: paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, tissue paper, paper egg cartons, pizza boxes, etc.
- Boxes from the refrigerator or freezer that are not lined with plastic
- Note: If paper can be recycled, it should be recycled.
- Wax and parchment paper and containers
Other residential compostable items including:
- Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
- Tissues, cotton swabs and Q-tipsTM (paper stem only)
- Wood chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks
- Dryer lint
- Floral trimmings and house plants
- Animal and human hair and nail clippings
Certified compostable plastics:
- In order to be accepted in the organics drop-off program, plastics need to pass testing standards (ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868) that guarantee the plastic will break down in a commercial composting facility. The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and the United States Composting Council (USCC) have created the logo shown to the right that is found on all plastic items that meet this certification.
A catalog of compostable plastic items that meet the compostability standards can be found on BPI’s website.
Items NOT accepted include:
- Non-compostable plastic bags
- Styrofoam™ or any expanded polystyrene foam
- Recyclable items (paper, plastic, glass, metal, cartons)
- Milk, soup, broth, and wine cartons (Every carton is recyclable. Cartons are not compostable because they all have a plastic and/or aluminum lining.)
- Pet litter, bedding or waste
- Fabric or "Cotton" items with synthetic fibers or cleaning chemicals on them (ex: baby wipes, cotton swabs with nail polish or nail polish remover, facial cleaning wipes, swiffer floor pads, etc.)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Diapers & wipes
- Plastic lined paper products (that do not meet ASTM D6868)
- Foil lined products
- Hazardous materials
See our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information on the citywide roll-out and helpful tips on how to collect organics in your home.
If you have any additional questions, please call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917 or email SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.
Last updated Jan 30, 2015