Organics for Commercial Composting

Anoka County is working with public and private partners to make organics composting opportunities available to our residents.  To receive information about the availability of organics composting programs, complete our online form or call Recycling & Resource Solutions at 763-324-3400 to sign up for email updates.

What are organics?

Organics is the portion of trash that can be composted.  This includes:

  • all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food
  • soiled, non-recyclable papers such as paper towels, napkins, delivery pizza boxes
  • certified compostable products such as compostable plastic food ware and bags labeled with a Cedar Grove Composting or Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo 

BPI and Cedar Grove Composting Logos

Both Cedar Grove and BPI logos

Why is organics important?
It is estimated that organics makes up 25% - 35% of what we throw away.  Organics such as food waste, non-recyclable paper, and compostable products that are separated for composting can be recycled into valuable compost instead of being thrown away.  Compost is a soil amendment that benefits all soil types and greatly improves moisture retention in sandy soil.  It is used in landscaping and road construction projects.

Who is collecting organics for composting?
Organics recycling programs are developing throughout the Twin Cities.  In Anoka County, several schools and restaurants have started organics collection programs.  Organics collection is happening at local community events and at high traffic destinations such as the 3M Championship Golf Tournament and Bunker Beach.  Stay tuned for more information on local collection opportunities.

What can I do?
Always look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Reduce your food waste by purchasing only what you need or by freezing items.  Expiration dates serve as freshness guidelines; rely on your senses to determine if an item should be thrown away.  Use plates, cups, silverware and cloth napkins rather than disposable items.  Recycle items by donating canned and dry goods that won’t be used or by backyard composting of food scraps.

Watch for organics collection containers at events; most containers have signage to identify types of items accepted.  Large venues like the Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints stadiums also offer organics collection.