Organics Recycling

Per Hennepin County ordinance, cities are required to provide the opportunity for single-family to fourplex residential households to participate in curbside collection of organic material by January 1, 2022. View the Frequently Asked Questions PDF about Golden Valley's organics recycling program.

Golden Valley's residential curbside organics recycling service includes weekly pick-up of food scraps, greasy or soiled paper products, and other compostable products through a contract with Republic Services. It is available to all Golden Valley residents living in single-family through four-plex households.

Organics recycling will be picked up every Friday beginning January 7, 2022. Regular recycling will continue to be picked up every other Friday. 

Republic Services is delivering new carts to be used specifically for organics to all single-family through four-plex households. Cart delivery is expected to be completed by the first pick-up date. Republic Services is working on a method for residents living out of state during the winter months to delay their organics cart drop-off date.

Residents will also notice a $17 increase ($5.66 per month) on their quarterly utility bill, for a total bill of $34 per quarter. Aside from organics recycling, this quarterly fee also pays for standard recycling services and annual waste and recycling programs like Mighty Tidy Day, Spring Brush Pick-Up, and Fall Leaf Drop-Off. Residents will not be able to delay or opt-out of the quarterly organics recycling fee.

Call 763-972-3335 if you have any questions or want to make arrangements to return your organics cart. Keep in mind you will still be billed for the program if you return your cart. If you have questions about billing for the organics recycling program, call the City Finance Department at 763-593-8013.

Preparing Your Organic Materials For Pick-Up

You don't need to place organic materials in a bag before putting them in the organics cart; however, using bags can help keep the receptacles more clean. If you choose to use bags, make sure they are certified BPI compostable. These bags can be found at most grocery and convenience stores. Brown paper bags may also be used. Plastic bags should never be used for organics or mixed recycling.

Importance Of Organics Recycling

In Hennepin County, approximately 25 percent of materials found in residential trash would be accepted for organics recycling. Recycling these organic materials instead of throwing them away presents one of the biggest opportunities to reduce what ends up in the landfill. While in landfills, organic materials rot and emit methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than CO2. By diverting these materials from landfills and recycling them, we reduce emissions and create a valuable resource, like nutrient-rich compost used in yards, gardens, and landscaping, and construction projects. Compost helps reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, improving soil and protecting local water quality.

Other Organics Resources

Drop-Off Locations

Organics are accepted for free Tuesday through Saturday at Hennepin County drop-off facilities during normal facility hours (limit of five bags per person per day). Organics must be brought in BPI-certified compostable plastic bags. Use the Quick Links in the sidebar to the right to learn more about what is accepted and the drop-off site locations in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.

Backyard Composting

Composting converts organic matter, such as food waste, leaves, and grass clippings, to a more usable soil or mulch. Compost is nutrient-rich, helps hold moisture in light, sandy soil, and improves drainage in heavy soil. Learn more about Golden Valley's yard composting requirements.