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Organics recycling program coming to Richfield November 15

Post Date:10/25/2018 4:54 PM

By most metrics, Minnesota is one of the most environmentally-friendly states in America. Richfield residents do their best to reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to their carbon footprint. Starting November 15, residents will be able to take their “going green” efforts up a notch by recycling their organic waste.

Residents will be able to bring the recyclable organics to one of the city’s two drop-off sites. The drop-off sites will be located at Hope Church, 7132 Portland Avenue, or the Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive South. Both sites will have signage designating where residents should leave their recyclable organics.

The nature center site was selected due to its proximity to several multi-unit housing complexes, staff onsite at the center, and because it’s a popular Richfield area known for environmental work.

The Hope Church site was selected because of its central location, accessibility, and the frequency of visits by residents due to the number of church services, as well as Meals on Wheels and other community events.

To help establish and promote the organics recycling program, the City of Richfield received a $15,000 Hennepin County Recycling Grant.

Organics recycling in Richfield lines up with Hennepin County’s goal of curbside organics pickup for businesses by 2020 and residential properties by 2022.

Residents interested in recycling their organics need to register for the program. After receiving a confirmation email with next steps, residents can visit a drop-off site to pick up compostable bags. Once residents fill their compostable bag, they can be dropped off at either site.

Organics recycling is good for the environment. Approximately half of the garbage deposited at landfills could be recycled as organics. Also, the rapid decomposing that takes place during commercial organics recycling reduces the amount of methane released during decomposition.

“Residents would be amazed at the amount of trash they accumulate that could be recycled. The city’s organics recycling program will show residents that most of their waste does not need to go to landfills,” acknowledged Wood Lake Nature Center Manager Karen Shragg. “Everything from pizza boxes to tea bags can be composted.”

Recycling organics is easier than most residents think.

“I started recycling organics in my home six months ago and the process has been pretty painless,” revealed Shragg. “Organics recycling does not add almost any additional time to my schedule. Once you get everything set to start recycling organics, it just becomes part of your routine.”  

Organics recycling is a new frontier for most Richfield residents. In fact, if a resident has never composted before their knowledge about what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled is almost non-existent, outside of food scraps.

“The city’s Organics Task Force has been working on bringing organics recycling to Richfield for more than a year and most of the members are learning something new about the topic on a regular basis,” explained task force chairperson Susan Rosenberg. “I can say for certain that bringing organics recycling to Richfield is another step we can take to make our community more environmentally safe.”

To learn more about Richfield’s organics recycling program or to register, visit www.richfieldmn.gov/organics.  

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