Organics


Organics Recycling Options

Organics Drop-Off Sites
Free drop off for organics is available to Shorewood residents: Free Curbside Organics Service
What can you put in curbside organics?
First-time organics customers are able to get one year of free curbside organics service through a Hennepin County Grant the city received, while supply lasts. Randy's Environmental is currently the only organics service provider in Shorewood. If you are interested in adding this to your garbage service contact Randy's Environmental Services, 763.972.3335.  If you are with another garbage hauler, we encourage you to request they start offering service. If you have questions, please contact the city at 952.960.7900.

Backyard Composting
Some organic waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings, plant trimmings and leaves can be composted in your backyard. Note that meat, bones, dairy, fats and oils cannot be composted in backyard bins. See the how to compost in your backyard fact sheet (PDF) and learn about compost bins sold by Hennepin County.

Why Organics?
Each year, Minnesotans throw out 519,400 tons of food waste. About 31% of the trash that is thrown away statewide could be composted. Here are just a few of the many benefits of participating in organics recycling:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions - When organic material is kept out of landfills, we prevent methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being produced. This then helps to prevent climate change.
  • Creates value – When composted, “useless” food waste becomes valuable, nutrient-rich soil that can be used in gardening projects.
  • Improves soil – Adding compost to soil reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Protects water – Adding compost to soil increases its water retention, reduces erosion, and prevents polluted storm runoff from contaminating our wetlands, lakes, and streams.
See the Food Waste page for tips on reducing food waste.
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