Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?

No. Plastic bags are not compostable and are a contaminant. You risk turning an entire load of compostable material into garbage if you use plastic bags. Use bags labeled “BPI-certified compostable.” These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Jerry’s Do it Best Hardware, Cub, Lunds & Byerly’s, and your local co-op.

 Paper grocery bags are acceptable, as are lawn and leaf bags. These types of bags are good for drier items like fruit peels. Paper bags are not ideally suited for wet items like coffee grounds, and we highly recommend using the green compostable film bags for dairy and meat products to reduce pests. 

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1. My organics cart was not picked up on my scheduled day. What should I do?
2. What day is my organics recycling picked up/How frequently is the cart emptied?
3. Can tea bags go into the organics bin?
4. Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
5. Do the materials have to be bagged before putting inside the cart?
6. How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?
7. What is the difference between biodegradable vs compostable?
8. How do I know if the item is for recycling bin or for the compost/organics recycling bin?
9. I live in an apartment/condo and I would like to participate. How do I get started?
10. Do businesses in Edina participate in the organics recycling program?
11. What should I do if I want to participate, but I don't have room in my garage?
12. What are the benefits of organics recycling?
13. Why is Organics Recycling part of Edina’s services?
14. How much does this program cost me?
15. Can I change the size of my organics cart?
16. Can I opt out or decline a cart?
17. Where does the stuff I put in the organics cart go?
18. I want to promote this on social media. Which hashtags should I use?
19. What about these jumping worms I heard about?
20. How can I prevent or get rid of maggots in my organics recycling cart?
21. When is the next compost giveaway?