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Food waste (organics) recycling

Did you know the average adult throws away 474 pounds of food every year? Wouldn’t it be better to recycle it? Well, now you can recycle these materials at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility!  Materials accepted include:

  • All food scraps
  • Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper including napkins, paper towels, cardboard pizza boxes and freezer boxes
  • BPI-certified compostable plastic utensils, cups and containers
  • Other items including coffee filters, ice cream and corn dog sticks, and uncoated paper plates

Materials must be in BPI-certified compostable bags and there is a five bag limit per person per day.

Composting bins

You can purchase a composting bin at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park.  Bins are 3’ x 3’ x 3’, made of cedar and wire mesh. The cost is $45.

Benefits of composting

Compost is organic matter such as fruit and vegetable scraps or garden waste that has been broken down and can be used as fertilizer. Some benefits of composting:

  • Great fertilizer for growing fruits, vegetables and herbs
  • Helps keep out garden pests and weeds
  • Regenerates poor and/or depleted soils and increases water retention
  • Reduces erosion
  • Helps to clean up contaminated soils and prevents heavy metals from entering water and plant resources

Drop-off location and hours

Hennepin County Recycling and Transfer Station

8100 Jefferson Highway N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
View map and directions to Hennepin County Recycling and Transfer Station

Visit the Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities webpage


Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays

Phone and email

Email Hennepin County Environmental Services

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