Organics Recycling

organics-recyclingIt 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!

5 Comments

  1. Kathleen
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I live in a condo and find that many owners do not realize what can and can not be put in any of our 3 trash bins. Large labeling signs would gain more cooperation from everyone. Should trash haulers or the city be in charge of large easy to read signage?

  2. Elaine Carney
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    We have been composting for several years now and never have any odor or flies. We also compost grass clipping once a month, our leaves in fall, weeds from the flower and vegtable garden, trimmings from shubs, etc. The beautiful compost we get are used in our gardens, pots for outdoor pots, and around perennials for the winter. This has been a win win for the environment and for us having beautiful flowers and vegetables. I call this compost black gold.

  3. Bonnie
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Recycling organics is a GREAT IDEA. I own property in Eden Prairie but am currently living in Costa Mesa, CA. We now have a state of the art organics recycling program for city wide trash collection. It is actually the best in the nation I understand. A special new plant was built for it to do the processing which makes enough gas to run all the trash collection trucks and also mulch for landscaping. If you would like information on the program, I will put you in contact with the folks who developed and run it. Feel free to call me at 714-317-2123. I’ll be in EP for the month of Dec.

  4. Denise Ayen
    Posted December 3, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I would be so pleased to have organics collection for composting. We compost at our home, but this could include so much more! Please consider implementing this for our community and environment!

  5. Dale Caldwell
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Eden Prairie is one of two communities in Hennepin County that does not have an organic recycling option. It only makes sense to get on board with this program. It would eliminate disposing of waste products that could be recycled and put to good use from going into and filling up a landfill site. The organic product gets picked up with the normal garbage pickup and would be no more of a problem with animals or odor than we currently experience.