Why is the City starting an organics collection program?

The City of Edina strives to be a leader among municipalities in sustainability.

In response to the State of Minnesota directing the counties in Minnesota to reduce the amount of waste that goes to a landfill, Hennepin County revised an ordinance to require the cities in the county make organic collection available to the residents by Jan. 1, 2022 in cities with a population greater than 10,000.

Edina’s Energy & Environment Commission received information regarding collection options and recommended a the city-wide residential curbside collection program to the Edina City Council. The Edina City Council approved a curbside residential collection program in March 2019, to go into effect in the spring of 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the program has been delayed until June, with carts arriving at homes in early June. 

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 in order to increase participation in the program.

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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. I am overwhelmed by this. I am unsure of how to get started?
5. I am not sure that I want to do this.
6. What if I am already signed up for Vierkant's organics program?
7. Can tea bags go into the organics bin?
8. I do not have much stuff to put in the cart.
9. What can I recycle in my organics cart?
10. Is there a smaller sized cart available?
11. Can I opt out or decline a cart?
12. When does the fee for curbside organics recycling start?
13. How much does this program cost me?
14. How often is my organics cart picked up?
15. What is the difference between biodegradable vs compostable?
16. Can I change the size of my organics cart?
17. Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
18. Who will collect my organics recycling?
19. How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?
20. Will collecting organics make my house smell?
21. What should I do if I'm already backyard composting?
22. Where do my organics go?
23. Do other cities in the area have organics programs?
24. Does the City provide free kitchen pails?
25. Can businesses in Edina participate in the organics recycling program?
26. Will residents of multi-family dwellings be charged for the program?
27. I want to promote this on social media. What hashtags should I use?
28. I use my garbage disposal for food scraps. Should I keep doing that?
29. I live in an apartment/condo and I would like to participate. How do I get started?
30. I want to do the right thing, but I do not have space in my garage.
31. Brown paper bags acceptable?
32. How do I know if the item is recycling or for the compost/organics recycling?
33. I really like these handle bags that I received with my cart. Can I get some more?
34. How can I prevent or get rid of maggots in my organics recycling cart?
35. My organics cart was not picked up on my scheduled day. What should I do?
36. Do the materials have to be bagged before putting inside the cart?