What is Household Organics recycling? 
Organic materials includes food scraps and compostable paper products, which can 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.

How much does this service cost?
Jordan residents may drop off their organic waste for free at the drop off site at the Jordan Police Department (705 Syndicate Street). A dumpster labeled “Organics” is located onsite.  Please place organic waste in the dumpster in compostable bags or remove items from non-compostable container.

How can I save money by participating? 
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. No curbside pickup service for household organics is currently offered to Jordan residents.

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 here. At any time, drop off your organic waste at the drop off site at the Jordan Police Department (705 Syndicate Street).

What is the Compostable Bag Law?
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 certified compostable bags. Plastic bags can be used when delivering organic waste to the drop-off site, however, material must be de-bagged into the dumpster. Plastic bags should be reused or disposed of through residential garbage service. 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 container.

Why should I participate in 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 they are sent to the facility.

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