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.

Want to learn more about organics recycling? Visit the Organics Recycling FAQs and Organics Acceptable Materials pages.

Organics Recycling in Jordan
Organics recycling is offered to Jordan residents via a free drop off site located at the Police Department parking lot (705 Syndicate Street). All residents must drop off their organics in compostable bags or remove the organics from a non-compostable bag at the site.

Down-Size Your Garbage Cart and SAVE MONEY
When you separate organics, you remove a large percentage of material from your garbage cart (food waste and non-recyclable paper).  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.

Compostable Bag Law
Did you know? Per State law, residents in the Twin Cities area who bag their organic waste are required to put their waste in compostable bags–either paper bags or compostable bags. Plastic bags can be used when delivering organic waste to the drop-off site, however, material must be de-bagged. Plastic bags should be reused or disposed of through residential garbage service.