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About 30 percent of trash is made up of food scraps, vegetable peelings, paper towels and other organic material that can be composted instead, through the city’s voluntary curbside organics program. There is no extra cost to participate in the program, but residents need to sign up before an organics cart can be delivered to their home.

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.

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 - Program change effective Jan. 1, 2019

Due to changes with the city’s composter, organics and yard waste will be collected separately beginning Jan. 1, 2019. After this date, residents with organics collection cannot put yard waste in their organics cart. See the yard waste page for yard waste set-out instructions. 

Residents wishing to request a smaller organics cart should contact utility billing or complete the organics cart change form.

Learn more by viewing the solid waste open house presentation that was given during open house events in August 2018. An updated program guide was mailed to homes in mid-September.

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. After you sign up, an organics cart will be delivered to you.

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.

For more information and resources on how to collect organics in your home, view the organics setup and tips page.

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.

Compost facility tour May 7, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Learn more about composting by visiting The Mulch Store’s facility in Empire Township where food scraps from the city’s organics program are composted. Transportation will be provided from The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, to the composting facility.

The tour is free and open to St. Louis Park residents. Details provided to participants upon registration.

If you are interested in attending, email recycling@stlouispark.org or call 952.924.2562 by May 1.

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.