About 30 percent of trash is made up of food scraps and other material that could be composted through the city’s voluntary curbside organics program. There is no extra cost to participate, but sign up is required in order to participate.

Organics is collected weekly from single-family homes by the city's hauler, Waste Management. If you live in an apartment, town home or condo that doesn't receive city service, see the multifamily recycling page for more information.

Organics carts had updated labels affixed to lids in July. This update was only made to 30- and 60-gallon carts with an existing picture-based label. If your label is peeling back or improperly applied, please contact public works at 952.924.2562 or pworks@stlouispark.org to request a new label.

Signing up

To sign up, contact utility billing at 952.924.2111 or complete the organics sign up form. Carts are available in 30- and 60-gallon sizes. Your cart will be delivered within two weeks.

Organics workshop

Oct. 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St. 

Whether you already participate in the city's curbside organics program or are thinking about signing up, this workshop is for you! Attendees will learn tips and tricks to start or improve organics collection at home and have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. The workshop is free and open to all St. Louis Park residents.

RSVP with your name and address to recycling@stlouispark.org or call 952.924.2562.

Setup

Certified compostable bags must be used to collect your organics. All curbside organics customers receive a yearly allotment of compostable bags from the city at no additional cost. Pick up your bags at city hall or the Municipal Service Center. Paper bags are also allowed for collecting dry organics.

Materials accepted for organics recycling

View the organics acceptable materials page for a list of materials that can be put in your organics cart for composting.

IMPORTANT - Yard waste no longer accepted in organics carts

  • Organics and yard waste are now collected separately. This change has been effect since Jan. 1, 2019 due to changes with the city's composter. Residents with organics collection cannot put yard waste in their organics cart. See the yard waste page for yard waste set-out instructions. 
  • Organics carts containing yard waste will have a reminder attached to it, asking you to remove the yard waste. Your cart will not be emptied until the yard waste is removed. Carts with four or more reminders will be removed from service.
  • Residents wishing to request a smaller organics cart due to this change should contact utility billing or complete the organics cart change form. 

Collection day guidelines

Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day each week. Make sure your compostable bags are tied shut before placing them into your organics cart. Pizza delivery boxes and paper egg cartons may be placed loosely in the cart.

Missed pickup or problems

If you believe your pickup has been missed or if you need to report a related problem, contact Waste Management.

Walk-up service 

Walkup service is an optional service for residents who may not be able to set their organics cart out at the curb or alley. Waste Management can collect your cart from a different location on your property for an extra fee.

Walkup service is billed directly to residents on an annual basis by Waste Management. The weekly rate is $5 per month plus taxes and fees.

Sign up by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423.

Benefits

Participating in the organics recycling program has several benefits, including:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions – When organic material is kept out of landfills, we prevent methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being produced. This then helps to prevent climate change.
  • Improves soil – Adding compost to soil reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Protects water – Adding compost to soil increases its water retention, reduces erosion, and prevents polluted storm runoff from contaminating our wetlands, lakes and streams.

Watch the what happens to my organics video for more information about the organics composting process.