City Recycling and Composting Grants and Updates

There are many important news items about recycling and composting opportunities in Minneapolis this spring. Read on….

You Must Opt In for Organic Pickup in 2015

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers will have an organics recycling option starting in 2015 – 2016. Rollout will take place in two phases: 25 percent of customers will have organics recycling available in August and the rest will have it in spring 2016.

Customers must sign up to be part of the first 25 percent of organics recycling customers.

The green organics collection bins will be distributed only to customers who opt in. To sign up, email or call 612-673-2917. For more information, read the City’s press release or visit

Community Garden Composting

The City of Minneapolis is offering low-cost or no-cost compost to registered community gardens through the 2015 Community Garden Compost Program. Compost is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. However, community gardens that have never received compost, have poor soil quality, or are start-up gardens will get priority.

In order to qualify for the program, community gardens must register with Gardening Matters, a local non-profit dedicated to community gardening.

Spring compost requests must be submitted by April 22. For more information, please visit the program web page or contact Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling.

Order a Rain Barrel or Compost Bin

Get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a $55 compost bin or a $69 rain barrel for your home. (These regularly cost $105 and $139.)

By using a compost bin, you can keep more than a quarter of your household waste out of the garbage while making valuable compost for your garden.

A rain barrel will help you save water and money by using rainwater rather than the faucet for your garden and trees. Rain barrels are also a way of trapping the stormwater that runs toward the storm drains – picking up pollutants along the way – and into our lakes, streams and rivers.

Order now and pick up your compost bin or rain barrel in Minneapolis Saturday, May 30, from the Recycling Association of Minnesota. To pre-order now, find more information, or see other dates and locations, go to

Grant funds for recycling, education and school projects

School recycling grants

Hennepin County has funding available to public and non-public, K – 12 schools for projects that implement or improve recycling and organics recycling programs. Check out their updated Best Practices Guide for Organics Recycling in Schools for ideas for how to start organics recycling. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on February 27.

Business recycling grants

Funding is available to businesses, organizations and institutions to start or improve recycling and organics recycling programs. Funding can help with the purchase of recycling containers, equipment and hauling services and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Applications are due on March 15. For more information, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316.

Waste reduction education grants

Funding is available through the Community POWER program for projects that educate and actively engage residents in the Twin Cities to change their behavior to reduce waste. Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. Applications are due on March 27. For more information, email

Schoolyard garden grants

Elementary schools interested in starting a schoolyard garden can get a $500 grant to help cover start-up costs through the Jeffers Foundation’s “A Garden 4 Every School” program. The Jeffers Foundation will be awarding grants to 20 elementary schools for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Applications are due by March 7. Learn more and apply.


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