Organics recycling is the process of collecting biodegradable organic material and turning it into compost. Our program can take all food scraps, untreated wood (stir sticks), soiled paper or cardboard (pizza boxes), napkins, tissues, and certified compostable wares*. Please refer to our Recycling Self-Help Guide for further questions.
**Certified compostable means the item has been certified by either the Bioproducts Institute (BPI) or Cedar Grove - two companies that test if items breakdown without a trace of plastic residue. They help consumers recognize items that meet ASTM D6400 and/or D6868 standards for compostability.
If you have a questionable item or company, click here to use the BPI website to double check.
Our organics are collected and transferred from our facility to Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station in Brooklyn Park, MN, where it is processed, then it is sold at the Mulch Store in Burnsville, MN.
Organics recycling saves our facility money! Transferring one ton of trash is $75 while one ton of organics is $48 - so by incorporating more organics recycling we save about $27 per ton of organics!
We are currently working on the campus-wide rollout of organics. If your department recently updated to the new quad system, use this buyers' guide to outfit your department with compostable wares and deskside recycling bins!
If you'd like to see organics recycling in your building, please contact us.
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