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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.
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.
You will receive an organics recycling cart in April. If you already have a Vierkant Disposal organics cart, you will still receive a new cart and your current cart and service will convert to yard-waste only. Organics collection begins May 1.
Collect organics in a BPI-certified compostable bag. These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware and Linden Hills Co-op. Remember, only bags labeled "BPI Certified Compostable” that meet ASTM D6400 standards may be used.
People typically line an old ice cream pail or small trash can with a compostable bag to collect food scraps. Once the bag is full, tie it up and place it in your organics cart. Organics carts are picked up weekly on your trash day.
You will still be charged for the program, but you do not have to take a cart. To opt out of receiving a cart, fill out the online form or call 952-826-1657.
All single-family, double- and multi-unit properties up to eight will be charged for the program. The charge will appear on quarterly utility bills from the City of Edina.
If you’re currently a Vierkant customer, you will not be charged twice. You will still get a new organics cart from Vierkant in April. Your current Vierkant organics cart will remain and become a yard-waste only cart.
Vierkant will no longer accept co-mingled organics and yard waste because the commercial composting facility the organics are taken to will not accept the materials together. If you have concerns or questions, please call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
Yard waste is not allowed.
The monthly price per household is $5.50.
The charge will appear on quarterly utility bills from the City of Edina, beginning in April or May 2020.
As the organics recycling carts will be dropped off throughout the month of April, the monthly fee for the program will not begin until May of 2020. The fees will be included in the quarterly utility bill.
Vierkant Disposal will pick up organics recycling every week on your regular recycling day beginning May 1.
If your organics cart collection is missed, call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
Residents may request to change the size of their cart. After a review of the materials in the cart (no yard waste is allowed), 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.
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 Ace Hardware, Lunds & Byerlys, Target or Whole Foods.
The City of Edina selected Vierkant Disposal for city-wide collection based on their low price and reputation as a trash hauler. They can be reached at 612-922-2505.
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, 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.
Use your organics cart for the items that are harder or more difficult for backyard operations. These include pizza boxes, tissues, egg cartons and compostable utensils. These items often don’t break down as fast in backyard operations because they require higher temperatures and more time.
Organics won’t smell any more than your regular garbage smells. Remember that with organics recycling, you’re simply moving the organic materials from your garbage cart into your organics cart.
Help prevent odors by using a collection container, lined with a compostable bag, that has a vented lid or don’t use a lid. Food waste starts to decompose and creates odors more quickly when access to oxygen is cut off. You can purchase a pre-made kitchen pail with a vented lid, or you can make one using an ice cream pail or other container.
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.
Hennepin County requires all cities in the county have an organics recycling program in place by Jan. 1, 2022. St. Louis Park and Minneapolis already have the program. Bloomington is planning to add organics recycling to its next collection contract.
No. You can use any small bucket, ice cream pail or crock for collecting organic material. Some residents use larger under-the-counter bins or stand-alone cans in their kitchens for collection. Look online or check with your favorite local store if you wish to purchase your own indoor collection bin.
Organics won’t smell more than your regular garbage smells. Remember that with organics recycling, you’re simply moving the organic materials from your garbage cart into your organics cart. Help prevent odors by using a collection container that has a vented lid. Food waste starts to decompose and creates odors more quickly when access to oxygen is cut off.
Not this specific one, but several businesses in Edina do participate in organics recycling through their refuse hauler. All large businesses in Hennepin County are required to start doing this by January 1, 2022: https://www.hennepin.us/business/recycling-hazardous-waste/organics-recycling The City of Edina is working with Hennepin County to ensure that organics recycling is successful in our local businesses. There are even grants available to help businesses get started!
Apartments and multi-family homes are not currently part of the City program and will not be charged or receive a cart. Only single-family, double- and multi-unit properties up to eight will be charged for the program and receive a cart from the City of Edina.
The City hopes to work on an organics program for larger multi-unit complexes sometime in the future.
Although using a garbage disposal and flushing food scraps is better than landfilling it, composting uses less water and energy than water treatment systems do. Water treatment costs are rising as well. In order to protect our treatment facilities or our beautiful lakes, it’s preferred that food scraps go into the organics recycling cart.
Your housing association can work directly with your currentwaste hauler to see if they offer this service. If not, you can collectivelyfind and bargain with a hauler to get this service started for you all.Apartments and condos, and all high-density housing complexes can have asignificant environmental impact. It’s important that organics recycling isoffered to everyone.