It has always been my strong belief that residents should play a role in the important projects and decisions that affect them. That’s why we do our best to provide a variety of convenient ways for residents to learn more about what’s being considered and participate in the process.
One way we do this is with City Connect, an online platform where residents can share thoughts, ideas and insights with City leaders. When we’re considering how to shape Eden Prairie’s future, we often turn to City Connect to gather input from the community.
Recently we wanted to know what residents think about recycling organics – things like food scraps, food-soiled paper, tissues and houseplant trimmings – so we added that topic for discussion on City Connect.
We asked residents if they recycle organics in their homes, what the City could do to encourage organics recycling in our community, and if they would recycle organics if their trash haulers offered curbside pickup. Here’s a sampling of the comments we heard:
- It pains me every week to toss “garbage” that could be composted. I COULD compost it myself but I don’t have the confidence in my abilities to do so. So happy we live in such a forward thinking city that considers this!
- Home composting has reduced our weekly trash output by two-thirds, easily. Contributing to a community supply of organic compost would be a happy responsibility, and maybe help reduce some city park expenses.
- In this neighborhood we have a problem with raccoons. If food waste was put out at the curb it would be all over the street with the raccoons visiting at night.
- We’ve been composting for years and while there are some less than desirable effects at times, such as smell or fruit flies, the output is incredible-the richest soil money cannot buy and big picture creating a much healthier environment and ecosystem.
Our City staff reviews comments like these to help determine our path. In this case, we will take a look at how an organics recycling program could fit into the City’s sustainability goals in the future.
We appreciate your interest, suggestions, concerns and other feedback!