Organics

Recommended disposal options

Check with your hauler or city

Check with your recycling hauler or city recycling coordinator to find out if there is curbside organics recycling service or drop-off locations available.

The City of Minneapolis offers several organics drop-off sites for Minneapolis residents.

Curbside recycling: See a listing of cities where curbside organics recycling is offered in parts or all of the cities.

Compost in your backyard

Some organic waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings, plant trimmings and leaves can be composted in your backyard. Learn more about backyard composting and compost bins sold by Hennepin County.

Other disposal options

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Food scraps: fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and bones, dairy products. eggs and egg shells. bakery and dry goods; Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper: pizza boxes from delivery, napkins, paper towels and tissues, paper egg cartons, parchment and waxed paper, paper plates, cups and bowls; Other compostable household items: coffee grounds and filters, compostable bags*, compostable cups, plates and bowls and containers*, compostable utensils and straws*, cotton balls and paper swabs, hair and nail trimmings, houseplant trimmings, tea bags, wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks

Fee

No charge

Drop-off limit

No more than five bags per person per day accepted. Events using Hennepin County’s portable event recycling containers http://www.hennepin.us/business/recycling-hazardous-waste/recycling-at-events#portable-recycling-containers can arrange to drop off more than five bags. Accepted from Hennepin County residents and small businesses only.

Materials preparation

* Must be BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable.

Hours for organics drop-off

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • NO ORGANICS ACCEPTED ON SATURDAY.

Organics must be in closed, BPI-certified compostable plastic bags. Look for the BPI Compostable logo.

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

Yard waste, diaper waste and sanitary products, animal waste, litter or bedding, cleaning or baby wipes, grease or oil, Styrofoam™, dryer sheets, recyclable items (cartons, glass, metal, paper, plastic) for organics composting.

Rethink and reduce

As much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. for human consumption is wasted. Take steps to reduce food waste by planning carefully and only buying what you need, organizing your refrigerator and cupboards so you remember to use up food before it goes bad, using up leftovers, understanding the real meaning of use by and sell by dates, and learning how to properly store, freeze and preserve foods.