Organics Drop-Off Program
*Video Note: There are currently no locks on the dumpsters.*
Through a grant funded by Hennepin County, Richfield has launched a program offering free organics recycling to residents. Residents can recycle their household organic waste at two drop-off sites in the city. This program is available through the collaborative efforts of the Recreation Services Department, city council, and the city's volunteer citizen organics recycling task force.
Other Information and Resources
- What organics can I recycle?
- Organics Basics
- Hennepin County Organics Page
- Additionally, the county sells backyard compost bins for residential use. Learn more and order here.
- That's Rich(field) Podcast: In episode 2, Neil Ruhland and Rachel Lindholm talk about the organics drop-off program and its progress
- Check out this at-home set-up presentation for information and ideas on how to make your organics set-up the most efficient.
How do I sign up?
Click this link to sign up for the free program. You will receive a confirmation email with information about the program.
What is Organics Recycling?
Organics recycling, or composting, allows residents to recycle a variety of organic materials into nutrient-rich, useful soil, instead of sending it to a landfill. Organics recycling is done at a special industrial composting facility.
What are organics?
Organics are materials such as food scraps, food-soiled unlined paper and paperboard products, and BPI certified compostable plastics.
What is compost?
Compost is a nutrient-rich soil made from the decayed organic material that holds moisture well and helps feed plants. Micro-organisms like bacteria and fungus turn organics into compost.
What is an industrial composting facility?
Industrial composting facilities process organic waste products into compost on a large scale. The facility's large composting piles become hot enough to break down meats, bones, fats, certified compostable products, harmful pathogens, and weed seeds. Organics break down in about six to eight weeks at an industrial composting facility, then cure for several months before the final compost can be used.
The organic waste collected at Richfield’s drop-off sites is brought to SET: The Mulch Store in Rosemount where it breaks down and is processed into compost over 6-9 months. The finished compost is one of the most nutrient-rich products that can improve soil health and is used in a variety of ways from landscape architecture to MNDOT projects and even residential use.
If you are interested in purchasing the compost or one of the SET blended mixes created with the organic material from the Richfield organics recycling program, please fill out the order form.
Why should I recycle organics?
Food waste takes up more space in people's trash than any other material. Approximately 30% of what is sent to landfills and incinerators is food waste. In a landfill, food waste rots and produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
Instead of sending vegetable peels, spoiled leftovers, and coffee grounds to the landfill, residents can send them to industrial composting facilities to make valuable nutrient-rich soil. This soil can be used in gardens and landscaping to soak up rainwater and nourish plants. Composting also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and decreases the costs of wastewater treatment and waste disposal.
Where are the drop-off sites?
What organics can be recycled?
Please use the organics recycling guide (en Espanol) for information on what can and cannot be recycled at the drop-off sites. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Lindholm at 612-861-9188 or RLindholm@richfieldmn.gov.
How do I recycle my organics?
- Collect your organics at home in a certified compostable bag.
- Knot bags closed and bring them to a drop-off site. Sites are accessible 24 hours a day.
- Remember to close the bin and put the bar back up. This keeps out wildlife and will hopefully prevent visitors from accidentally throwing garbage in the bins.
Where can I purchase compostable bags?
There are several options for purchasing your own compostable bags online or in store. Search for brands like EcoSafe or BioBag, or any that are certified by BPI. Local stores include Menards, Home Depot, Target, Lakewinds, Cub Foods, and several ACE hardware stores. You can also purchase compostable bags from a local business and they will be mailed to you; email email@example.com for more information.