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About Organics Recycling

Why Recycle Organics?

Of the nearly 400,000 tons of waste generated by businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties, almost 30% of that waste is compostable organic material such as food scraps and food-soiled paper.

Businesses of all kinds can recycle organics, which puts a lot of waste to good use and diverts it from going to landfills. Recycling organics is easy, and can save your business money, because just like traditional recycling, organics recycling is not taxed.

Organics Recycling: More than Food!

Did you know that used paper towels can be recycled through organics recycling? In fact, all sorts of things can go into organics recycling – greasy pizza boxes, used napkins, wax cheese rinds, and even shells and bones! Basically, if it was once alive, chances are it can be recycled through a commercial composting service.

If your business uses paper towels in the restrooms, break room, or other areas, a commercial organics recycling program can divert a lot of waste and save money on your trash bill. Coffee grounds, tea bags, and lunch leftovers can also go into organics recycling. Read about how some of our grantees have added organics recycling to their business recycling here.

In addition to organics recycling, businesses have many different options for recycling their food waste; learn more about food waste here.

What Happens to Organics?

Food scraps, paper towels, plant trimmings and other organic waste are picked up by a hauler who takes them to an organics composting facility. Once there, your organics (greens) are mixed with other organics like leaves or wood chips (browns). Throughout the composting process, naturally occurring microbes break down the mix.

Because this is composting on an industrial scale, which reaches higher temperatures, meat and dairy products can be included in your organics recycling. These are things that would not necessarily be okay to add to a backyard composting bin.

After about four months, the compost is ready to be added to garden beds and farm fields to aid in the growth of plants and crops. Compost is also used by landscapers and road crews due to its effectiveness at reducing runoff and preventing erosion. 

Take the Next Step!

Contact us to find out which organics recycling program is right for your business. Our Recycling Experts know about options for reducing waste and increasing recycling, including organics recycling. You can get a free consultation, at your business, on your schedule. In about 30 minutes, we can help your business come up with a plan. 

If you decide to improve or start organics collection, your Recycling Expert will help you apply for an Organics Rewards Grant from BizRecycling to pay for up to three months of organics hauling services.