Organics recycling

Compost BinsOrganics recycling is another opportunity to significantly reduce trash. About one-third of what we throw away is organic material, such as food scraps and non-recyclable paper.

As of January 1, 2022, Hennepin County cities are required to offer organics recycling. Maple Grove residents who choose to recycle organics will need to contract for organics service with their refuse hauler. The licensed refuse haulers have options available.

Getting started

Hennepin County has helpful presentations for first time organics participants:
Organics basics (PowerPoint presentation)
Setting up organics (PowerPoint presentation)
Organics recycling guide (PDF)

Compost bins

Compost bins are for sale year-round at the Hennepin County drop-off facility in Brooklyn Park. Find information on the Hennepin County website.


Organics are accepted at Hennepin County drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington. More information is available on the Green Disposal Guide.

Materials accepted

  1. All Food
  2. Food-soiled paper
  3. Certified compostable products
  4. Other compostable household items
  • Bakery and dry goods
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and bones

Materials not accepted in organics recycling

  • Animal and pet waste
  • Cleaning or baby wipes
  • Diapers and sanitary products
  • Dryer sheets and lint
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Grease or oil
  • Gum
  • Litter or bedding
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Products labeled "biodegradable"
  • Recyclable items (cartons, glass, metal, paper, plastic)
  • Yard waste