Organics Collection

Organics recycling

Curbside Organics Collection Coming in Spring 2018

The City is currently finalizing details for a voluntary curbside collection program. We will be sending out more information once the program is approved. 

Did you know there's value in your food waste?

We already recycle our plastic, aluminum and cardboard at home, because it makes sense environmentally and economically. Now, it's also possible to recycle our food waste.  Rather than throwing away your food scraps, recycle them into a useful product- compost! With organics recycling, organics are collected and sent to a commercial composting facility for processing into high-grade compost for use in gardening, agriculture, and construction. Check out this video by Biz Recycling, a program of the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board to learn about the process.

Organic material makes up approximately 30% of our trash. While organics breakdown quickly in commercial composting facilities, organics and compostable products don't breakdown in landfills, because there isn't enough oxygen. It's easy to reduce your waste by collecting organics for commercial composting.

Where to Recycle Organics

  1. Sign up for a free starter kit from Anoka County or the City of Columbia Heights (see below).
  2. Certified green compostable bags can be purchased at local hardware and grocery stores.
  3. Fill up those compostable bags with food scraps, pizza boxes, coffee grounds, paper napkins and paper egg cartons.
  4. When the bag is full, drop it off at a collection site.

Get a Free Starter Kit

Pick up a free starter at the Bunker Hills Compost Site (Coon Rapids -see below) during hours of operation or at the Anoka County Recycling Office located at 1530 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, 763-324-3400.
(Please note: the Anoka County office does not except organics drop-off, but you can pick up the starter kit.)
Or from the Columbia Heights Recycling Center (below), 763-706-3706.

Bunker Hills Compost Site - Coon Rapids

Bunker Hills compost site map
Location: 13285 Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids
one mile north of County Hwy 14/242 (Main Street)

December - March, weather permitting
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

April - November, weather permitting
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.*
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.*

Closed Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving

*Sunset Closing: Starting in late September, sunset occurs before 7:00 p.m. The compost sites are not equipped with lights. For the safety of workers and customers, access to the site is not allowed after sunset. Please allow at least 15 minutes before closing time to pay for and unload your yard waste.

Columbia Heights Recycling Center

Location: 3801 Madison St, Columbia Heights
(763) 706-3706

Hours: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (closed holiday weekends)

Allowed in Organics Recycling

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and filters and teabags
  • Meat, poultry and fish including bones
  • Unpackaged condiments
  • Fruits, vegetables, peels, pits and rinds
  • Certified compostable plates, cups and utensils and compostable bags (BPI certified)
  • Paper napkins, towels and tissues
  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Other uncoated, non-recyclable paper products
  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs without chemicals
  • Wood chop sticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks
  • Floral trimmings and house plants
  • Animal and human hair and nail clippings

Not Allowed

  • Clothing
  • Plastic
    • K-cups
    • Straws
    • Stickers on produce
  • Metal of any kind 
    •  Aluminum foil
    • Twist ties
  • Glass of any kind
  • Styrofoam products
  • Coated paper products which are not BPI certified
    • Fast food wrappers and boxes
    • Paper boats
    • Beverage cups
    • Milk, juice and other beverage cartons
    • Candy wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Condiment packets
  • Animal waste
  • Diapers, diaper wipes, sanitary products
  • Grease and oil