What are the benefits of organics recycling?
  • Reduces trash. Organic materials make up roughly 25 percent of our current waste stream.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions. As organic materials decompose in landfills, they generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Diverting organics to composting helps to reduce landfill methane emissions.
  • Improves soil and protects water. When added to the soil, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides. It also helps the water retention of soils, which reduce runoff and erosion that can pollute our water and helps to conserve water.
  • Supports a local economy. About 700 jobs are supported by Minnesota’s composting industry, which produces $148 million in gross economic activity per year. The composting industry supports four to eight times more jobs on a per ton basis than landfilling operations.

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1. Why is the City starting an organics collection program?
2. What are the benefits of organics recycling?
3. How do I get started?
4. Can I opt out or decline a cart?
5. What if I am already signed up for Vierkant's organics program?
6. What can I recycle in my organics cart?
7. How much does this program cost me?
8. When does the fee for curbside organics recycling start?
9. How often is my organics cart picked up?
10. Can I change the size of my organics cart?
11. Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
12. Who will collect my organics recycling?
13. How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?
14. What should I do if I'm already backyard composting?
15. Will collecting organics make my house smell?
16. Where do my organics go?
17. Do other cities in the area have organics programs?
18. Does the City provide free kitchen pails?
19. Can businesses in Edina participate in the organics recycling program?
20. Will residents of multi-family dwellings be charged for the program?
21. I want to promote this on social media. What hashtags should I use?
22. I use my garbage disposal for food scraps. Should I keep doing that?
23. I live in an apartment/condo and I would like to participate. How do I get started?