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Discussion: Organics Recycling

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Hennepin County has a goal to have 75 percent of waste recycled by 2030. In 2015, 46 percent of waste generated in Hennepin County was diverted to recycling or organics recycling. Even though recycling in the County has steadily increased, it’s slowed down the last few years. To help reach this goal, the City of Edina encourages residents to increase their participation in recycling, including recycling organics. While only one of the refuse haulers licensed in Edina currently accepts organics, there are other ways to reduce waste by composing organics at home. The City of Edina is currently offering residents free MaxAir compost buckets and BioBags, to collect kitchen scraps.

If you’re not recycling food waste, what’s preventing you from doing so and what would encourage you to recycle food waste?

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Victoria Kent 4 months ago

Please provide multiple family buildings with a compost collection bin.

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Christina Herold 4 months ago

I am not yet recycling organic waste because my waste company (Suburban Waste Services) doesn't provide curbside pickup for organics. My current options are composting, switch to Vierkant or drive my organic waste to Brooklyn Park to the Hennepin County organic drop off site. I have called Suburban Waste Service and requested they add organic curbside pickup and they told me they are working on it, but don't have a timeline yet for availability. I will recycle food waste once SWS adds organic recycling to their curbside pickup.

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Karen Seay 4 months ago

Our waste company does not offer a pick-up option. If they did, we would immediately avail ourselves of the opportunity to subscribe.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 3 months ago

The thought of everybody putting all their food and other potential garbage that should not be composted turns me off from the idea. I am bothered by the idea that people might try to compost things like meat and other matter that is not ideal for composting, and I'm grossed out by the idea that potential garbage will be inadvertently turned into "compost" to be spread on agricultural fields and the like.

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Tom LaForce 3 months ago

I do, but still have a couple concerns. Like Jennifer, I've always been taught that some food scraps shouldn't go in backyard pile, as it attracts critters. I stick with fruit/veggie matter and eggshells. Second, in the summer time, I've had ants that found the indoor bucket. Finally, I usually have a fruit fly buzzing my computer screen when the rest of the room is dark.

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Jeff Lundgren 3 months ago

I'm a huge fan of the organic recycling, but would like to see the City or refuse haulers do more to help enable this. I understand that it is better to not mix food organics with yard waste (as Vierkant currently does), and that economically, it is not feasible to for other haulers to add a specific service (at lease without more demand). I understand that the City of Minneapolis has drop-off / collection sites, and I would think Edina could offer a similar service to its residents in partnership with one of the haulers (i.e. drop sites at local schools or government offices). There are also programs businesses, in particular restaurants, can get involved with food waste recycling (I recently dined at Gurkha Palace who proudly participates in a scheme). It would be great to see Edina work with its local restaurants to encourage participation in these schemes.

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