ST. LOUIS PARK, MN — The City of St. Louis Park has a voluntary curbside organics program at no extra cost. Citizens can sign up to have their organics picked up each week by the city to be composted.
Participating in the program has several benefits. Citizens will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preventing methane carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being produced as they keep their organic waste out of landfills.
The final product of the recycling program — compost — can be added to soil to reduce the need for pesticides and artificial fertilizers as well as increase the soil's water retention, reduce erosion, and prevent contaminated storm runoff from polluting the wetlands, lakes and streams.
For more information about the organics composting process, watch the following video.
To sign up for the program, call the city's utility billing at 952.924.2111 or complete the following sign-up form. The city offers 30 and 60-gallon sizes carts, which will be delivered within two weeks after you signed up.
Citizens must use certified compostable bags to collect their organics. The program participants receive a yearly allotment of compostable bags from the city for free, which can be picked up at the city hall or the municipal service center. In the case of dry organics, paper bags may be used as well.
For more information and resources on collecting organics in your home, visit the city's organic setup and tips page.
The list of materials that can be put in an organics cart for composting can be seen here.
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