You don’t need to be an expert in recycling – let the County’s technical assistance consultant help. This is a no-cost service that includes free site visits with customized recycling plans and materials for your location.
Add collection service
Most waste haulers in Dakota County offer organics collection services for commercial accounts. Refer to the Commercial Recycling Service Providers list to see which haulers offer organics recycling in your city.
Some haulers collect food by-products— used cooking grease and oils as well as fatty animal by-products — for rendering at specialized facilities. Check the food-to-animal organizations listing.
You can also take your collected organics materials to a commercial compost site.
Set up collection bins
Place bins designated for organics next to trash containers in areas that generate food (kitchens, cafeterias, breakrooms, etc.). Bins should look different than trash and recycling bins. If possible, choose green bins or lids. Use our free labels to clearly mark what the bin is used for.
Educate employees about organics recycling, including which specific materials to put into the organics bin. Hang posters like the Recycle Right posters in English or Spanish in employee areas and label all containers, so staff and visitors know what to recycle and compost.
Here is a list of the most common accepted materials for organics recycling:
- All food – fruits, vegetables, produce, bread, dairy, meat, bones, eggshells
- Food-soiled paper – napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, tea bags
- Plants – floral trimmings, leaves
- Certified compostable products – only include products that have the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) or Cedar Grove logo on the product or packaging.
Get materials to compost site
A contract hauler can deliver your collected food scraps and food-soiled paper to a compost site or you can deliver the material yourself.
Compost sites that accept food scraps (call for pricing and hours):