Organics Recycling at Home
Your guide to Blue Bag Organics curbside composting
Discard food waste and food-soiled paper from meals, your refrigerator, and the pantry into a small kitchen bin, separate from your other household trash.
Use a kitchen scraps recycling setup that is most convenient for you and your household. You may already have a ventilated plastic organics bin for your kitchen scraps. Some households prefer to line the bin with newspaper, a paper bag or empty paperboard ice cream container. These paper items are compostable right along with the kitchen scraps.
Or you may prefer to line the bin with a 3-gallon biodegradable plastic bag certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. A listing of stores selling BPI-certified bags can be found at: http://www.bpiworld.org/minnesota.
Please do not use regular plastic bags. They will not compost.
You may use any sturdy washable container as an alternative to a plastic organics bin. A plastic ice cream bucket or plastic gallon milk jug with the top cut off works well, along with newspaper or a paper bag placed in the bottom to absorb liquids.
Empty your small kitchen bin into the Blue Bag Organics Composting system — a covered blue can that is lined with a Blue Bag Organics BPI-certified bag.
Unlike most plastic trash bags, the Blue Bag Organics liner is specially made to be compostable. All your household's organics, including flattened and folded pizza boxes, go into that special Blue Bag Organics liner. Cereal boxes can still go into your paper recycling.
For trash day, hand tie (please don't use twist ties) your Blue Bag Organics liner and place it inside your regular garbage cart for curbside pickup. We will separate all the Blue Bag Organics from other trash at our facility. And off it will go to a composting company.
About two months later, the organics from households like yours will be converted to compost and sold at a local garden center.