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 Home Setup Tips

In the Kitchen:

1.  Add a third container to collect organics.

Note: Be sure to label containers in the kitchen and  throughout the house so guests know how to sort their waste. 

Stickers are available upon request.  Call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email [email protected] to request stickers.  Make sure to inform the customer service representative how many of each type of sticker you would like.


2. Keep an organics collection container on your counter.

Container examples include: ice cream pail, butter yogurt or

cottage cheese container, or a pail designed for collection of



Note: Food scraps generate moisture in the decomposition

process. If the moisture is allowed to evaporate, the food scraps

will decompose slower reducing the potential for odors. Using a

kitchen pail that has ventilation(with or without a carbon filter)

will help reduce the potential for odors. You can poke holes in

the lid of any container to allow for ventilation, or buy a pail

that has a vented lid.


Tip: If compostable plastic bags aren't holding up in your kitchen

pail, don't use a bag in your pail and instead, dump organics

from your pail into a compostable plastic or paper bag just

before bringing them out for collection. If you collect dry

organics separate from your wet organics, place wet organics on

top of the dry to allow the dry organics to absorb moisture from

the wet organics.



3. Keep wet organics such as meat, bones, fruit peels, etc. in a container in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to bag your organics for collection and keep another container or paper bag in the kitchen for dry organics like plates, bowls, napkins, paper towels and tissues, etc.


4. Convert your existing garbage can into an organics bin, and

buy or reuse a smaller container for garbage.


Note: This set-up works well for large families or for those who

cook the majority of their meals at home.


In the Bathroom:

1. Add an additional container to collect compostable items from your bathroom. Compostable bathroom items include: facial tissues, Q-tips™ (paper stem only), and cotton balls (not soaked with chemicals).

Note: There are a few items generated in the bathroom that are not compostable (dental floss, hygiene products, empty product containers [most are recyclable], and razor blades).


2. Convert your existing garbage can into an organics bin and clip a smaller container inside to collect garbage using a binder clip. The space inside the small container are for garbage and the main part of the container is for organics.

Note: Items that are not accepted in the organics program from your bathroom include: feminine hygiene products, diapers, facial and cleaning wipes, dental floss, plastic dental floss picks or threaders, old toothbrushes, and disposable razors.
3. Consider eliminating your bathroom garbage can to save space if you generate minimal garbage in the bathroom and are willing to bring it to a different garbage can in your home.

Note: This works well if the bathroom is located near the kitchen and family members are willing to bring non-compostable items to the kitchen or another room to be placed in the garbage or recycling.


Tip: Some compostable plastic bags to not hold up well in bathrooms due to the humidity. If you're finding that a compostable plastic bag isn't working well in your bathroom, try a paper bag or consider not using a bag in the container and dumping the organics into a bag with organics from other rooms from your house before bringing them out for collection.

Don’t forget bedrooms, office, and more!

Add another container to collect organic materials or clip a smaller container inside. Make sure to always label containers so guests know how to sort their waste. Organics_bedroom

For additional set up tips, see the following:

Preparing your organics for collection

Place your bagged organics into your organics cart. Both paper bags and certified compostable plastic bags are accepted for collection. Compostable plastic bags must have the BPI logo on them to be accepted.

 BPI Logo

Pizza boxes and egg cartons may be placed loose in the cart.


Home container labels


Label containers in your home so guests know how to properly sort their waste.  Stickers are available for Solid Waste & Recycling customers to label your interior recycling, organics recycling and trash container located throughout your home.

These signs are intended for internal use only. Please do not place stickers on exterior collection carts.

Stickers are available upon request. Please call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email [email protected] to request stickers. Make sure to inform the Customer Service Representative how many of each type of sticker you would like.

If you are not a Solid Waste & Recycling customer, you may request labels, guides, and more from Hennepin County.

Home Waste Station Signs


Last updated Apr 1, 2020



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