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Organics Recycling

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Family cutting vegetables and using organics recycling container for leftoversIn Hennepin County, more than 25 percent of trash by weight is comprised of organics – including food scraps and food-soiled paper products. 

Organics recycling is a great way to reduce trash, manage waste responsibly and conserve resources. It involves separately collecting food scraps, nonrecyclable paper and other compostable products to turn into compost.

Curbside Organics Recycling
Some waste haulers now offer curbside organics recycling in Plymouth, and, to help reduce waste, residents are encouraged to sign up. 

Randy's Environmental Services

Ark Disposal

Help Reduce Food Waste
The best option is food waste reduction. It's more beneficial to the environment than composting because it conserves resources such as the water, labor and fuel needed to grow, produce and distribute food.

 Save the Food

 Cut up bell pepper on a spoon

 Asparagus in a jar of water

 Pineapple cut in half

 View recipes, storage advice, meal-planning help, tips and more at

According to Save the Food, a partnership between Ad Council and Natural Resources Defense Council:

  • An average American family of four spends more than $1,500 per year on food it doesn't eat.
  • Across the food production and consumption chain, up to 40 percent of food in the United States never gets eaten.

A partnership between Ad Council and Natural Resources Defense Council, Save the Food is a national public service campaign to combat food waste. Save the Food is endorsed by Hennepin County, which provides grant funding, resources and oversight for the City of Plymouth's recycling program.

Turn Organics into Compost
Organics can be turned into compost – an organic-rich soil amendment that is used to improve soils, prevent soil erosion and runoff, and capture carbon dioxide for climate protection.

Backyard Composting
The City of Plymouth has a backyard composting ordinance that allows residents to compost materials such as grass clippings, leaves, weeds, wood chips, small twigs, evergreen cones and needles, garden waste, uncooked food and vegetable scraps. View more information.

 Apple core, cheese, egg shells, chicken, bread and vegetable scraps
 Compostable cups, cutlery and food boxes
Pizza box, tissue, napkin and paper egg carton
Cotton balls, cotton swabs, toothpick, flowers, coffee grounds and coffee filter

Defining Organics

All food
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Pasta, beans and rice
  • Bread and cereal
  • Nuts and shells

Certified compostable products

  • Compostable paper and plastic cups, plates, bowls, utensils and containers (must be labeled BPI or Cedar Grove Compostable)

Food-soiled paper

  • Pizza boxes from delivery
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Paper egg cartons

Other compostable household items

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Hair and nail clippings
  • Cotton balls, swabs with paper stems
  • Houseplants and flowers
  • Wooden items, such as chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks

The list may vary depending upon the hauler. Residents should contact their garbage hauler for a list of accepted items.