What is Organics recycling?
Organics recycling is a subscription service for the collection of food scraps and other compostable materials like pizza boxes and paper towels.

How much does this service cost?
Because organics recycling is co-collected with yard waste, a subscription to both yard waste and organics recycling is required. Yard waste is $90.00/year (April-Nov) and organics recycling is $60.00/year. The City of Jordan received a grant from Scott County to lower the yearly cost of organics recycling to $20.00 for the year. Contact the City of Jordan for details.

Because you are removing a large percentage of material from your garbage cart and placing it in your organics/yard waste cart, you may be able to down-size your garbage cart by one cart size (ie. 64 gal to 35 gal). By “right-sizing” your garbage cart to better represent what you actually throw away, you can save money and use that savings to pay for organics recycling service and a portion of the yard waste service.

What type of container will I receive from Dick’s Sanitation Inc?
Because the organics will be co-collected with yard waste, you will receive a 64 gallon cart in addition to your garbage and recycling carts.

How does it work?
Line your kitchen collection container or small bucket (ice cream bucket) with a paper bag or compostable bag (no plastic bags). This will help keep your container clean. Collect food scraps and other compostable materials listed below. Empty your organics into the organics recycling cart provided by Dick’s Sanitation Inc. Place your organics cart at the curb on your regular collection day.

How often is my organics cart picked up?
Weekly. Dick’s Sanitation Inc picks up organics weekly on your regular collection day.

Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
No. Plastic bags are not compostable and are a contaminant. Utilize paper grocery bags or bags labeled “BPI Certified Compostable”.

Will it smell?
Organics won’t smell any more than your garbage smells. Remember that with organics recycling, you’re simply moving the organics materials from your garbage cart into your organics cart.

Why should I subscribe to organics recycling?
Composting your organic material is nature’s way of recycling. Composting takes a perceived waste and turns it into something of value. Instead of going to the landfill or incinerator, organic material can be treated as a resource that replenishes soils, reduces erosion, prevents polluted storm water runoff from contaminating wetlands, lakes and streams and prevents climate change by capturing carbon dioxide and preventing methane (greenhouse gas) generated when food waste is landfilled.

What if I already utilize a backyard compost bin?
You can compost more materials with organics recycling than in your backyard compost bin because large-scale commercial composting facilities maintain higher temperatures than backyard compost bins. These temperatures are needed to kill bacteria and break down items that cannot be composted in a backyard compost bin. These items include meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics.

Backyard composting is still a good option for recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard waste into a soil amendment that you can use at home.

What about using my garbage disposal?
Putting organic waste down the garbage disposal places extra processing burdens on wastewater treatment facilities. It takes energy and resources to process out solids, including food waste, at wastewater treatment plants. Organics recycling is a better option as finished compost puts valuable nutrients back into out soil.

What happens to the organic material once it has been collected?
It is composted at a commercial composting facility. Food scraps and other organic material are carefully managed so the compost piles get very hot. This means that compost can be made using items that can’t be easily composted in a back yard, such as bones, fish skins and dairy products. Organics become compost in just 180 days after you put them out for weekly collection.

Please note – Don’t forget to continue to recycle as much paper, metal, plastic and glass as you can!