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 by the city's hauler, Waste Management.
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 include 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 after Nov. 30, 2018 when the yard waste season ends.
Learn more by viewing the solid waste open house presentation that was given during open house events in August 2018. Watch for an updated program guide to be mailed to your home in mid-September.
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.
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.
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.
New residential collection contract
Waste Management (WM) was recently selected as the contractor for collecting organics from residences and small businesses who receive city service. The contract began Oct. 1, 2018 and will last five years.
For more information, visit the garbage and recycling page.
Missed pickup or problems
If you believe your pickup has been missed or if you need to report a related problem, contact Waste Management.