What is organics?

Organics is the biodegradable 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

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.

Learn more about the different types of composting options.
Organics for Commercial Composting
Organics for Backyard Composting

Learn more about the Anoka County Organics Recycling Drop off Program.