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Organics recycling is an opportunity to reduce trash that ends up in a landfill. It is a separate collection that accepts organic material, such as:
Hennepin County requires cities with 10,000 or more residents to make organics recycling available.
Organics collection must be provided year-round on a weekly basis. Pickup must be the same day as residential garbage pickup.
State law requires that (in communities where organics recycling service is available) all residents must be charged for the service regardless of their participation.
The organics recycling fee is determined by the individual hauler providing the service.
Minnesota statute prohibits haulers from charging more to customers who recycle organics than those who do not. See Minnesota Statute 115A.93.
Haulers cannot charge residents for bags or collection containers. They must provide either a cart or bags at no additional fee to residents who are participating in organics recycling.
Garbage haulers operating in Maple Grove are required to provide compostable bags or reusable collection containers (such as carts) for organics recycling collection.
Organics must be placed in certified compostable bags before putting them in your organics cart. Some programs allow you to place larger items (like pizza delivery boxes and paper egg cartons) directly in the cart. Compostable bags are sold at most grocery, hardware, and large retail stores. You will know a certified compostable bag by the BPI logo. For more information, view Hennepin County's organics brochure and setting up organics. Some programs allow you to use Kraft paper bags. Please check with your hauler for their program requirements.
Organics won't smell any more than your garbage does. You are simply moving the organics from the garbage cart to the organics cart.
Help prevent odors by using a collection container with a vented lid. Food waste decomposes and creates odors more quickly when access to oxygen is cut off. You can purchase a pre-made kitchen pail with a vented lid (with or without a carbon filter), or you can make one using an ice cream pail or other container.
Consider collecting your "wet" organics (food scraps, meat trimmings, etc.) in a large yogurt or cottage cheese container or ice cream pail and keep the container in your refrigerator or freezer. Dump the wet organics into a compostable bag and place the bag in the organics cart the night before your collection day.
Once a refuse hauler collects the organics material, it is taken to an organics recycling facility or specific stores that produce compost.
The city or county do not have a rebate program at this time.