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Residents may request to change the size of their cart – after a review of the materials in the cart (no yard waste is allowed) – one time in a 12-month period by calling Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
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Collect organics in a BPI-certified compostable bag. These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Ace Hardware, Lunds & Byerlys, Target or Whole Foods. Remember, only bags labeled "BPI Certified Compostable” that meet ASTM D6400 standards may be used. People typically line an old ice cream pale or small trash can with the compostable bags and collect organics that way.
Once the bag is full, tie it up and place it in your organics cart. Organics carts are picked up weekly on your trash day.
The monthly price per household is $5.50. The fee will show up on your quarterly utility bill.
Vierkant picks up organics recycling every week on your regular trash day. If your cart collection is missed, call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
No. Plastic bags are not compostable and are a contaminant. You risk turning an entire load of compostable material into garbage if you use plastic bags. Use bags labeled “BPI-certified compostable.” These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Ace Hardware, Lunds & Byerlys, Target or Whole Foods.
You can compost more materials with organics recycling than in your backyard compost bin. Large-scale commercial composting facilities maintain higher temperatures than backyard compost bins. These temperatures are needed to kill bacteria and break down items that cannot be composted in a backyard compost bin, including meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics. Backyard composting is still a great option for recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard waste into a soil amendment that you can use at home.
Vierkant Disposal signed a contract with the service based on their low price and reputation as a trash hauler. They can be reached at 612-922-2505.
The organics collected curbside are taken to a commercial compost facility in Shakopee and recycled into compost, a nutrient-rich material that is used in landscaping and road construction projects to improve our soil.