Shorewood residents can take advantage of free residential organics drop-off sites in Shorewood and Deephaven. The Deephaven site is located at 20260 Minnetonka Blvd. Shorewood’s two sites are at Freeman Park, 6000 Eureka Road and South Shore Community Park, 5355 St. Alban’s Bay Road. Additional sites are currently being evaluated. Shorewood's island residents are also able to use the drop-off in City of Mound.
Organics recycling can help residents reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill/burner. Many participants in organics recycling find that when they pull organics out of the trash they are able to get a smaller trash cart and lower trash costs.
The organics drop-offs are free of charge, but residents must register. Once registered, participants receive instructions and the lock combination for the organics recycling cart. These sites are not for yard and garden waste, but for household organic waste.
Free drop off for organics is also available to Shorewood residents at county drop off centers: 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.
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 the 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.