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Vierkant will be picking up and emptying carts until the evening hours on their daily routes, especially when construction impedes their daily progress. Please wait to bring your carts inside if they have not been emptied yet as they may still be working to get to your neighborhood. If your cart does get accidently missed for pick up, please call Vierkant as soon as possible to request it be emptied. Their main office number is 612-922-2505.
Organics recycling is picked up every week, the same day as your regular trash day.
Enter your address or just click your home area on this interactive map to see your collection day and annual schedule. For a downloadable calendar (PDF), see the pickup schedules tab on the Recycling page.
Yes, tea bags can go in there. A couple things to make sure of first though: 1) make sure it is the paper bag kind of tea bag, not the plastic netting ones. The plastic ones are usually triangular. If they are the plastic kind, you can open them up and put the leaves into your organics bin, but the plastic part must be disposed of in the garbage can. 2) If your tea bag has a small metal staple on the top, remove that beforehand putting it in the bin.
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.
No. The bagging of organics is a guidance based on what has worked best previously. It is highly recommended for all dairy and meat items, as these tend to create smell. Larger and dry items can certainly be put directly into the cart without bagging.
You can compost more materials with organics recycling than in your backyard compost bin. Large-scale commercial composting facilities maintain higher temperatures than backyard compost bins. These temperatures are needed to kill bacteria and break down items that cannot be composted in a backyard compost bin, including meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics. Backyard composting is still a great option for recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard waste into a soil amendment that you can use at home.
If you’re currently composting in your backyard, please don’t stop. Backyard composting is higher on our waste reduction strategy than curbside organics recycling, and it’s a practice that should be celebrated.
In terms of organics recycling, compostable items are materials which will break down at the commercial composting facility. Biodegradable items may also be compostable, but some of these items take hundreds of years to break down and therefore we do not want them in the curbside organics carts. An example of this would be chewing gum.
Items which go in the organics recycling bin need to say "100% compostable" on them or be some type of food waste. If it will not break down into dirt, we do not want it in the organics recycling cart. If it has a number in a triangle on it, or is an inorganic material, it also should not go into the organics recycling bin. Please go to our traditional recycling webpage for more information about what can and cannot be placed in your regular recycling bin.
Your housing association can work directly with your current waste hauler to offer this service. Apartments, condos, and all high-density housing complexes can have a significant environmental impact, both good and bad. It’s important that organics recycling is offered to everyone.
Several businesses in Edina do participate in organics recycling through their refuse haulers. All large businesses in Hennepin County are required to start doing this by January 1, 2022. Learn more about Edina’s Green Business Recognition Program. There are even grants available to help businesses get started!
There are a few solutions you could try: 1) Replace your yard waste cart with lawn and leaf bags. Most people do not use their yard waste container all 12 months of the year. 2) Store your cans outside. This is allowable. 3) Share a cart with your neighbors who have bigger garages!
(Information from the International Composting Foundation)
The City of Edina strives to be a leader among cities in sustainable practices and in making the changes necessary to address climate change.
In response to the State of Minnesota directing the counties in Minnesota to reduce the amount of waste that goes to a landfill (see state statutes here), Hennepin County implemented an ordinance to require cities in the county make organic collection available to the residents by Jan. 1, 2022.
The Edina City Council approved a curbside residential collection program in March 2019, which went into effect in summer 2020. The city’s solid waste ordinances may be viewed here.
The organics program was built using the same model as the existing recycling program, where every single-family, double- and multi-unit properties up to eight will receive a cart to get maximum participation in the program.
Residents may request to change the size of their cart. Vierkant Disposal will change the size one time in a 12-month period. To make such a request, call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
The standard size of the organics carts being delivered to homes is 35 gallons – the smallest available.
You can decline or return your cart by contacting the Organics Recycling Coordinator Twila Singh at 952-826-1657 or [email protected]. Email is preferred so that the address is accurate. While you are not required to keep the cart, this is a citywide utility service, in addition to our traditional recycling, and the cost cannot be removed from your utility bill.
The organics collected curbside are taken to a commercial facility in Shakopee, Minnesota, and recycled into compost, a nutrient-rich material that is used in landscaping and road construction projects to improve our soil. The facility is open for public tours and more information can be found here.
We encourage residents to use the hashtag #EdinaRecycles when posting about their recycling achievements on social media.
At the composting facility, the piles of materials which are broken down into compost are temperature monitored. The piles are kept above 131-160 degrees for weeks straight. Jumping worms die between 85-104 degrees for 3 consecutive days. We have chosen to partner with a reputable industrial composting facility and jumping worms have not been an issue in their products.
Remember that this is a temporary problem, unique to our beautiful Minnesota summers. One suggestion which has worked well thus far, has been to line the organics cart with a lawn and leaf bag. Then deposit the bagged organics into the lawn and leaf bag, and close that inside the cart. This works especially well if the green compostable bags are used in conjunction with the lawn and leaf bags. The idea is to create a physical barrier between the material and the flies.
From the City of Minneapolis website: “Maggots are a common, naturally occurring problem with many organics recycling programs. Even if you didn’t see them, maggots were commonly found in garbage carts before the City implemented the organics recycling program. Maggots are fly larvae and occur when flies lay eggs on organic materials. Maggots are more common in warmer temperatures. To prevent maggots inside your organics recycling cart, you must prevent mature flies from laying eggs in on your food scraps by eliminating odors and reducing their access to organic materials. A physical barrier works best.
If you find them in your cart, try leaving the lid open for a couple of hours, the City of Minneapolis recommends. Maggots will crawl to the top of the cart and often be eaten by birds.
The free compost was part of a program that ended. We are pursuing ways to offer free compost and will announce details as soon as we have them.