What are the benefits of organics recycling?
  • Reduces trash. Organic materials make up the largest portion of our trash, roughly 25 percent.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions. As organic materials decompose in landfills, they generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Diverting organics to composting helps to reduce landfill methane emissions.
  • Improves soil and protects water. When added to the soil, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides. It also helps the water retention of soils, which reduce runoff and erosion that can pollute our water and helps to conserve water.
  • Supports a local economy. About 700 jobs are supported by Minnesota’s composting industry, which produces $148 million in gross economic activity per year. The composting industry supports four to eight times more jobs on a per ton basis than landfilling operations.

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1. How do I get started?
2. What are the benefits of organics recycling?
3. What can I recycle in my organics cart?
4. How much does this program cost me?
5. How often is my organics cart picked up?
6. Can I change the size of my organics cart?
7. Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
8. How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?
9. Who will collect my organics recycling?
10. Where do my organics go?