Map: Which Minneapolis neighborhoods are getting organics recycling first

MinnPost photo by Jana Freiband
Small green organics recycling carts will begin popping up in more Minneapolis neighborhoods starting in August.

The map that every green-oriented resident of Minneapolis has been waiting for is out.

As the city rolls out its curbside organics recycling system, it is only able to serve about a quarter of the city in Phase 1. Those are the residents who can begin putting organics in new bins for regular city collection starting in August. The map released this morning shows those areas in green.

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Everyone else who is interested in joining up will have to wait until May of 2016. That’s because city and contract collectors need time to buy trucks and green carts, hire staff and create the routes for the new service.

Every single-family and multi-family residence up to four units has been paying for the service since January 1. The charge on city combined utility bills will be $48 per year per residence. The program is budgeted at $8 million in the 2015 with $5.1 million for one-time purchase of trucks and carts.

The city expects that only about 40 percent of residents will opt in for the new service after full rollout next year, meaning some will pay without getting any benefit. That is why the city council last year directed city staff to conduct more extensive outreach efforts to both explain the program and sell its benefits.

Residents can opt in for the program by emailing swrcustomer@minneapolismn.gov or by calling 612-673-2917.

The city wide rollout is the latest attempt to reduce the amount of city refuse going to incinerators. Recyclables and yard waste are already collected. A pilot organics program was started in 2008 in Linden Hills and has expanded to parts of Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, Longfellow, Phillips and Seward. Those areas are included in Phase 1. The city also maintains five drop-ff stations for residents outside the pilot districts.

Here is what city solid waste staff says can be placed in the green containter:

all food scraps, including fruits, vegetables, bones, meat trimmings, breads, pasta, nut shells, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and dairy products. Some of these can’t be managed in a backyard compost bin. Organics recycling also includes food-soiled paper that can’t be recycled in the blue cart, including paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, wax paper, egg cartons and pizza boxes. Just make sure the paper is not lined with plastic. Other things that can go into organics recycling include wood chopsticks, wood Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, dryer lint, animal and human hair, certified compostable plastic and houseplant trimmings.

While some cities use the same carts for yard waste and organics, that is not possible in Minneapolis because of the emerald ash borer. All yard waste in quarantine zones must be ground to particles less than 1 inch in size to make sure the pest is destroyed.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Michael Hess on 03/24/2015 - 01:16 pm.

    Driving Adoption

    If they want to drive adoption, figure out how we can get to change out our big trash bins for a smaller one because of the diversion of waste to recyling and compost . Lots of people are irritated with this extra fee to buy a fleet of trucks and a stadiums worth of organic bins. But if I could get the smaller trash bin and save $5 a month to cancel the recycling surcharge out, that would be a good thing. This does nothign for the the 75% of the city that get to pay for this for 18 months with no benefit though.

  2. Submitted by Mark Snyder on 03/24/2015 - 02:14 pm.

    Cart size?

    What size will the organics recycling carts be?

  3. Submitted by Mark Snyder on 03/24/2015 - 03:57 pm.

    Smaller garbage carts are available

    In response to Michael Hess, you can get a smaller garbage cart. I have one of them now. It doesn’t quite offset the cost of the organics recycling program, but it helps. You can likely call the same number given above in the article to request a smaller garbage cart.

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/25/2015 - 07:02 am.

    Equally interesting

    I’m inclined toward Dean Lambrecht’s comment, but even more interesting (to me) is that I’m finding out whether my neighborhood is “in” or “out” of this program from MinnPost, and not from the city’s Solid Waste Division. I’ve heard or seen not a single word from the city that’s specific to my area.

  5. Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 03/25/2015 - 02:04 pm.

    Ditto to Mark’s comment– small carts are available. I happened to be outside when they were dropping one of for my neighbor, and traded in my large cart for the small one on the spot.

    As far as map without streets, hearing from the Minnpost vs the city– I’m a glass 1/2 full guy. I’m just happy that in just over a year I get to go almost trash-free. Currently you can bring composting to drop-off sites (SE corner of Pearl Park is one). Pretty easy, if you remember to toss the bags in the car when heading that direction once a week or so. Some weeks, cat litter and dog poop is the only thing in our trash. Another reason I love living here.

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