About 30 percent of what we throw away is organic material, food scraps and food-soiled paper products. Through organics recycling programs, waste is recycled into valuable compost at a commercial composting facility to be used in landscaping and road construction projects. Organics recycling includes collecting fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells, non-recyclable and food-soiled paper and more, for composting.
Curbside Organics Recycling
As of January 2022, all Hopkins residential recycling customers are eligible to participate in the City’s new curbside organics recycling program.
The program stems from a Hennepin County requirement for all cities to make organics recycling services available to households with curbside recycling by January 1, 2022.
Collection is weekly on the same day as garbage day.
Residents who have recycling provided by Republic via the City contract will see an additional $5.89 on their utility bills, regardless of whether or not they choose to participate in the curbside organics recycling program.
Preparing Organics for Recycling
All material MUST be bagged - no loose material - in either a BPI certified compostable bag or paper bag. BPI certified compostable bags will have one of these symbols on their packaging.