Organics Recycling

Hopkins residential garbage customers may bring their household organics to the northwest corner of the Public Works parking lot off 17th Avenue S at any time.

Organics bins

About Organics Recycling

About 30% of what we throw away is organic material, food scraps and food-soiled paper products. Through organics recycling programs like this, waste is recycled into valuable compost at a commercial composting facility to be used in landscaping and road construction projects. Organics recycling includes collecting fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells, non-recyclable and food-soiled paper and more, for composting.

Preparing Organics for Recycling

All material MUST be bagged - no loose material - in either a BPI certified compostable bag or paper bag.  BPI certified compostable bags will have one of these symbols on their packaging.

Accepted and Unaccepted Organics Items

Learn what items are accepted and what items are not:

Cedar Grove compostable symbol
BPI certified Symbol

Where the Collected Organics Go

Organics collected in the City of Hopkins pilot program are taken by Hopkins Public Works to Hennepin County's Brooklyn Park transfer station. From there, the organics are hauled to either the Specialized Environmental Technologies commercial composting site in Rosemount or the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community commercial composting facility.  

Watch this video to see what happens after you drop your collection off and how it becomes valuable compost.