How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?

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.

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