Organics — which includes food scraps and food-soiled paper — makes up about a quarter of our garbage. Instead of going in the trash, organics can be recycled or reused.
Organics recycling for businesses, organizations and schools
Implementing organics recycling programs allows businesses, organizations and schools to expand their recycling programs, ease their burden on the environment, potentially reduce taxes and fees on waste disposal, and show customers that they care about the community.
Businesses, organizations and schools have three main options for recycling organic waste:
- Food-to-people: donate edible food to organizations that help people in need
- Food-to-animals: food scraps are processed into feed for livestock
- Organics composting: food waste, soiled paper and compostable foodware is recycled into compost, a valuable soil amendment
Organics recycling for residents
Residents can recycle organic waste at home with backyard or worm composting, and some residents can sign up for curbside organics recycling service. Learn more about organics recycling for residents.
Organics recycling at events
Event planners can add organics recycling to event with the county's portable recycling containers.
Learn about dropping off organics at our Brooklyn Park drop-off facility.