Restaurant compost

Set up a composting program for your business.


70% of wasted food at a restaurant is from customers not finishing their plates. When your business sets up a composting program for this non-usable waste, you:

  • Save money
  • Help improve our soil to grow more food

Get started

Benefits to your business

Save money

By diverting food scraps, you can save money on State and County solid waste management taxes and fees.

Benefits can include:

  • Getting a smaller garbage dumpster
  • Having your dumpster picked up less often

Help the environment

  • Each year, Minneapolis restaurants generate 35,000 tons or 30% of the city’s food waste.
  • Composting food scraps helps return nutrients to the soil. This means residents and farmers can grow healthier, more nutritious food.

How to compost

We explain what to compost and how to get started.

What to compost

Commercial composting allows a business to divert food and items from the trash, including:

  • Wasted food
  • Food scraps
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Certified compostable to-go containers
  • Wooden chopsticks and stir sticks

See accepted organics

How to start composting

  • Hennepin County explains how to set up a composting program for your business.
  • Most restaurants must divert food waste from the trash.

See Hennepin County organics recycling for businesses


Prevent Wasted Food in Minneapolis: Composting

Every restaurant has food scraps and plate waste, but they don’t belong in the trash. Give them a better use by composting.

Video available in three languages

Person composting food
Person looking at laptop in coffee shop

Get help from Hennepin County

The County offers free technical help and grants to businesses. Learn how to reduce wasted food, donate food and compost with organics recycling.

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415