Hennepin County Minnesota officials are pressing the city of Minneapolis to implement
curbside recycling of organics. After originally looking to increase the amount of organic waste they would incinerate, the Hennepin Energy Resource Company (HERC)
switched gears and is instead looking to give the city of Minneapolis one year to implement a curbside recycling program for organic wastes, similar to those in place collecting plastics, aluminum and cardboard.
The focus of the plan would be to send organics to composting facilities, however state
regulations on pollution make the matter complicated.
Minneapolis Public Works Director Steve Kotke said, “”We’re all very interested in increasing the amount that we recycle and really it’s about the diversion of solid waste into landfills. We went to one-sort recycling and have seen recycling rates go up, so the next step is to look seriously at organics.”
Below is an article from MPR News about the program.
Photo at right: Truck driver Brian Netzke empties composting bins at the Full Circle Organics composting facility in Good Thunder, Minn., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Alex Kolyer / For MPR News