Organic materials, which include food and compostable paper, make up about 25 percent of our trash by weight! Participating in an organics recycling program keeps food scraps and other compostable materials out of the trash. Instead of going to the landfill or incinerator, this organic material can be used to replenish soil, reduce erosion, and prevent polluted storm water runoff from contaminating wetlands, lakes and streams. It can also help prevent climate change by capturing carbon dioxide and preventing greenhouse gas from being produced when food waste is landfilled.
Rates and Service Levels
Organics recycling is a subscription service for the collection of food scraps and other compostable materials like pizza boxes and paper towels. Because organics recycling is co-collected with yard waste, a subscription to both yard waste and organics recycling is required.
Organics are collected every week (year round) on your regular collection day and must be set out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Place carts with the lid opening facing the street and allow for 3 feet on each side of the cart.
|Cart Size||Frequency of Pick-up||Cost|
|64 gallon cart||weekly||$60.00/year|
UPDATE: 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!
Down-Size Your Garbage Cart and SAVE MONEY
When you subscribe to organics recycling, you remove a large percentage of material from your garbage cart (food waste and non-recyclable paper) and place it in your organics/yard waste cart. With the addition of this service, 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. For example:
Garbage and Recycling
• 64 gal garbage = $124.20
• 95 gal recycling = $48.00
Yearly Total = $172.20/year (includes state garbage tax)
Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste and Organics Recycling
• 35 gal garbage = $69.84
• 95 gal recycling = $48.00
• 64 gal seasonal yard waste = $90.00
• 64 gal organics recycling = $20.00
Yearly Total = $227.84 (includes state garbage tax and City of Jordan organics recycling rebate)
Compostable Bag Law
Did you know? Per State law, residents in the Twin Cities area who bag their yard and organic waste are required to put their waste out for pickup in compostable bags–either paper bags or compostable bags. Plastic bags can be used when delivering yard and organic waste to a drop-off site, however, material must be de-bagged. Plastic bags should be reused or disposed of through residential garbage service.
No fuel surcharge or environmental fee shall be applied to the services offered.