Minneapolis adds organics recycling for garbage day pickup

The city of Minneapolis will start offering organics recycling to residents interested in the option. Residents can sign-up for one of the new green bins now, with organics pickup starting in August.

How does it work?

Any organic waste from the home can be put in the new green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage and recycling. Organics must be placed in compostable bags inside the green cart to keep it clean and to keep organics from freezing to the inside of the bin during winter months.

What can be composted?

Organics collection will include all food scraps, including:




Meat trimmings



Nut shells

Egg shells

Coffee grounds

Tea bags

Dairy products

*Some of these can't be managed in a backyard compost bin.

Organics recycling also includes food-soiled paper that can't be recycled in the blue cart, including:

Paper towels


Facial tissues

Wax paper

Egg cartons

Pizza boxes

Other things that can go into organics recycling include:

Wood chopsticks

Wood Popsicle sticks


Dryer lint

Animal and human hair

Certified compostable plastic

Houseplant trimmings

Items not accepted by organics recycling

Milk cartons

Plastic-lined paper products

Paper vacuum cleaner bags


Oils, greases and fats

If an item can go into the regular recycling, it should go there instead of in the organics cart. Yard waste must remain separate.

How do I get a green cart?

Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April, with the service available to the first 25 percent of customers in August. The rest will roll out in spring 2016.

Minneapolis recycling customers can request a green organics collection bin at swrcustomer@minneapolismn.gov or by calling 612-673-2917.

What if I don't want organics recycling?

It's not required.

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