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Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Organics Circle

Residential Organics Recycling

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers will have an organics recycling option starting in 2015 - 2016. Read the City's press release for information about the program roll-out and to find out how you can sign now to participate! Please continue to take advantage of the Residential Organics Drop-Offs until the citywide Organics Recycling program roll-out is complete.

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The City of Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and various neighorhood groups, have opened Residential Organics Drop-Offs around the City.  The drop-offs were opened to educate residents prior to the implementation of a citywide residential organics collection program.  Visit our Organics Drop-Off webpage for more information on the drop-off locations currently available. 

What are organics?

Organics include: All food scraps, most non-recyclable and food-soiled paper, certified compostable plastics and more!  Your organics must be contained in a certified compostable bag or in a paper bag prior to it being brought to the residential organics drop-off.  Large paper items such as pizza boxes, wax-coated boxes and egg cartons do not need to be bagged.

Below is more detailed information on the items that can and cannot be included in an orgnaics drop-off or curb/alley collection program.  View this detailed Yes and No list for even more examples of what can and cannot be included.

Organics CartFood Scraps:Organics - Food on plate

Organics CartFood-Soiled & Non-Recyclable Paper:Organics - Paper Products

Organics CartOther residential compostable items including:Organics - Other Compostable

Organics CartCertified compostable plastics:BPI Logo

A catalog of compostable plastic items that meet the compostability standards can be found on BPI’s website.
 Organics Cart - No

Items NOT accepted include:


See our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information on the citywide roll-out and helpful tips on how to collect organics in your home. 



 If you have any additional questions, please call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917 or email

Last updated Jan 30, 2015