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.
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
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