Curbside Organics Collection

Organics recycling is the collection of food scraps, non-recyclable paper, and other compostable products. By diverting these products to a commercial compost facility, they can be recycled into nutrient-rich soil instead of ending up in a landfill. Per Hennepin County ordinance, cities are required to provide the opportunity for single-family to fourplex residential households to participate in curbside collection of organic material by Jan 1, 2022.

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Importance Of Organics Recycling

In Hennepin County, approximately 25 percent of materials found in residential trash would be accepted for organics recycling. Recycling these organic materials instead of throwing them away presents one of the biggest opportunities to reduce what ends up in the landfill. While in landfills, organic materials rot and emit methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than CO2. By diverting these materials from landfills and recycling them, we reduce emissions and create a valuable resource, like nutrient-rich compost used in yards, gardens, and landscaping and construction projects. Compost helps reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, improving soil and protecting local water quality.

Curbside Organics Collection

Similar to your trash or recycling service, a hauler would pick up organic materials on a scheduled basis. This includes food scraps, greasy or soiled paper products, and other compostable products.

What Golden Valley Is Doing

Following its goals in the Resilience and Sustainability chapter of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the City is exploring the best way to implement curbside organics recycling and is seeking input from the community.

Virtual Open House

Click the video to watch the Virtual Organics Recycling Open House. If you are already familiar with some aspects of organics recycling, use the time stmaps below the video to watch specific video segments.

Open House Questions and Answers


Next Steps

  • May 2020: Environmental Commission concludes its study of organics recycling options.
  • June 2020: Staff presents information from Environmental Commission, citizen survey, virtual open house, and stakeholder meetings to City Council.
  • Summer 2020: City Council provides direction to staff.

Guidance Documents

What You Can Do Before 2022

  • Contact your trash hauler.
  • Drop organics off at a Hennepin County facility.
    • Hennepin County is closing all drop-off facilities through at least April 6, 2020.
    • Organics are accepted for free Tue–Sat at Hennepin County drop-off facilities during normal facility hours (limit of five bags per person per day). Organics must be brought in BPI-certified compostable plastic bags. Learn more about what is accepted and where you can drop-off.

Backyard Composting

Composting converts plant material, such as leaves and grass clippings, to a more usable organic soil amendment or compost. Compost increases organic matter in the soil and adds nutrients for plant growth. It also helps hold moisture in light, sandy soil and improves drainage in heavy soil. Learn more about Golden Valley's composting requirements.