Organics Recycling

Organics Diverted From Landfills by Edina Residents

Time Period Tons Diverted
August 2023 89.31
Total since program
launch in 2020

Three kids around an organics recycling cart

The goal of the City's Organics Recycling program is to ensure that every resident can benefit from better waste management practices. The program fee appears on quarterly utility bills with the traditional recycling.

Free rolls of compostable bags are available at the Edina Senior Center reception area. 

Items that belong in your Organics cart

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones 
  • Dairy products 
  • Eggs and egg shells 
  • Pasta, beans and rice 
  • Bread and cereal
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pizza boxes from delivery
  • Napkins and paper towels 
  • Wooden items (chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks)
  • Coffee grounds and filters 
  • Tea bags (no synthetic tea bags, remove staples)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Tissues
  • Hair and nail clippings 
  • Cotton balls and swabs with paper stems (no plastic)
  • Houseplant trimmings and flowers 
  • Certified compostable food service items with BPI logo on them*
    • Plates, cups, bowls, takeout containers, utensilsBPI Logo

Items that do not belong in your Organics cart

  • Yard waste (no grass clippings, no leaves, no branches, no trees)
  • Diapers and sanitary products
  • Animal and pet waste, litter or bedding  
  • Cleaning or baby wipes 
  • Grease or oil
  • Plastic foam (commonly called Styrofoam)
  • Dryer lint and dryer sheets 
  • Recyclable items (cartons, glass, metal, paper, plastic) 
  • Frozen food boxes 
  • Microwave popcorn bags 
  • Gum 
  • Fast food wrappers 
  • Products labeled “biodegradable” — this is not the same as compostable
    paper with a shiny, smooth coating (unless it's BPI certified)
  • Wax paper or parchment paper (unless it’s BPI certified)

View the full list of items that can go in your organics cart in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF) and Somali (PDF).

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