Organics Recycling Programs
Organics recycling programs are offered by haulers in the following cities. If you live in an area where organics collection is an option, contact your trash hauler for more information. See the list below for haulers currently offering organics recycling in Carver County.
Haulers Offering Organics Recycling in Carver County
Allied Waste Services
Winsted & Burnsville
Frequently Asked Questions
How does organics recycling work?
► Collect your food scraps and food-soiled paper products. Consider using an ice cream bucket or kitchen scrap bucket to collect scraps in your kitchen. You can also collect your food scraps in paper milk, juice or ice cream cartons. Collection containers in your home can be lined with a paper bag or compostable bag to help keep it clean. Compostable bags and kitchen scrap buckets are available at the Environmental Center and Douglas Kugler Eco-Site. Visit the Items for Sale page for more information.
► Empty your organic waste container into the organics cart provided by your waste hauler or into a biodegradable bag.
► Recycle your organics by placing your organics cart at the curb on your trash collection day or by delivering your organics to the Environmental Center.
What materials are accepted?
► Food scraps including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bones, bread, pasta, baked goods, egg shells, dairy products, and coffee grounds.
► Food-soiled paper products including paper towels, napkins, paper plates, cups, milk and juice cartons, pizza boxes and egg cartons.
► Non-recyclable paper including boxes from frozen and refrigerated foods and waxed paper and paper containers.
► Other compostable items including coffee filters and tea bags, full vacuum cleaner bags, dryer lint, tissues, cotton balls, floral trimmings and house plants.
Please note – Don’t forget to continue to recycle as much paper, metal, plastic and glass as you can!
Will the organics smell?
Organics will smell the same as your household trash. Remember, it is the same waste you have now, just separated into containers.
To minimize odors, remember to put in food-soiled paper products or line your container with a paper bag to absorb liquid from food waste, line your container with a compostable plastic bag to contain liquid, empty your container frequently and rinse it out occasionally.
Is organics recycling better than using the garbage disposal?
Yes, recycling organic waste into compost is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than using a garbage disposal. It takes energy and resources to process out solids including food waste at wastewater treatment plants. Food waste can also overload your septic system and cause problems.
Will organics recycling cost more?
Depending on how you set up your service, you could actually save money, or it may add just a few more dollars to your bill.
How do I make organics recycling available in my community?
Carver County continues to work with cities and haulers to expand residential curbside collection of organics. If you would like to have an organics recycling program in your city, let your hauler and elected officials know that you are interested in this service. Contact your city council members, mayor, and hauling company. Get interested neighbors to do the same.