Organics recycling is a voluntary program for collection of food scraps and other compostable material like paper egg cartons and paper towels. There is no extra cost to participate, but residents need to sign up in order for an organics cart to be delivered to their home.

Organics are collected in certified compostable bags and placed in a brown-lidded organics cart for weekly collection at the curb by the city's contractor, Advanced Disposal. Check out the Organics Acceptable Materials page to see a list of materials that can be put in your organics cart for composting.

Temporary collection change for October - November 2017

The city's hauler for organics and yard waste, Advanced Disposal, will be using more than one truck on daily collection routes during these peak yard waste collection months. You do not need to make any changes to the way you set out your organics and/or yard waste. However, you will notice that your organics cart and yard waste set outside your cart for collection, will be picked up at different times during your normal collection day. Please wait until 6 p.m. to contact Advanced Disposal by calling 763.786.7233 if you believe your yard waste or organics were missed. If you have other questions about this temporary collection change, please contact Public Works at 952.924.2562.

How to Participate 

  1. To sign up, call Utility Billing at 952.924.2111 or complete the online sign up form. After you sign up, an organics cart will be delivered to you. Carts are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-gallon sizes.
  2. Stop by City Hall or the Municipal Service Center to pick up your compostable bags. These are supplied at no additional cost.  
  3. Begin collecting your organic materials in the city-provided compostable bags. Plastic bags are not acceptable. Make sure the bags are tied shut. Pizza delivery boxes may be placed loosely in the cart. Unbagged yard waste may also be placed in the cart alongside the compostable bags. 
  4. Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day each week.

Why Should I Participate in Organics Recycling?

Participating in the organics recycling program keeps food scraps and other compostable materials out of the trash. Instead of going to the landfill or incinerator, this organic material can be used to replenish soil, reduce erosion, and prevent polluted storm water runoff from contaminating wetlands, lakes and streams. It can help prevent climate change by capturing carbon dioxide and preventing greenhouse gas from being produced when food waste is landfilled.

The video What Happens to My Organics explains the organics recycling process, from kitchen to composter and back into the community again as nutrient rich compost. The video was produced by BizRecycling┬«, a program of the Ramsey / Washington Counties Resource Recovery Project.


Advanced Disposal
The city provides residential organics recycling and yard waste collection through a contract with Advanced Disposal.
Call 763.786.7233

Public Works  Municipal Service Center 7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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