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What is Organic Waste?
As organic waste recycling is new, both to us and you, we want to share as much information with you about this exciting new industry. If you have further questions, please contact us!


A: Organic waste is anything that comes from plants or animals that is biodegradable.

A: Organic Disposal accepts the following waste items -
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Eggshells, rice, beans, cheese
  • Bones (yes, bones)
  • Waxed cardboard products (ex. Chinese take-out boxes)
  • Frozen/refrigerated food boxes (ex. frozen pizza, frozen dinners)
  • Napkins, paper towels, paper plates
  • Milk cartons, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters
  • Parchment and waxed papers
  • Plants and flowers
  • All yard waste


Download these posters to see what you can and cannot recycle with Organic Disposal:

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A: Yes, there are. While we accept most things you use in your kitchen, we do not and cannot accept the following products:
  • Any kind of liquid, including oils and grease
  • Plastics
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Aluminum foil
We do, however, accept plastics, glass, and aluminum as part of our traditional recycling service. Find out more about traditional trash and recycling with Organic Disposal here.

A: Organic Waste is using a composting site located in Hutchinson which is currently managed by the City of Hutchinson called Creekside Soil.  Under the auspices of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the University of Minnesota, the site's operators are committed to maintaining the highest environmental standards. Twelve monitors are regularly checked by researchers for contaminants in the soil and water run-off.  Please visit their site at

More importantly, composting is extremely beneficial to the environment. Composting is nothing new; it is what goes on naturally all around us. By throwing organic waste into your garbage bags, which are thrown in landfills, this natural process is halted. After your food scraps and yard waste reach the composting site, they are turned into a rich soil amendment that is distributed to local landscapers and is also available to the public upon request.

Q: Will Organic Disposal pick up my regular garbage as well?
A: Yes! What makes Organic Disposal a pioneer in the recycling industry is that it only collects your regular waste but also your organic waste. The benefit to you, the customer, is that you will be able to reduce your environmental impact on your communities.
In addition to this unique organic curbside recycling service, Organic Disposal operates a regular trash collection route in select areas. A full list of cities on our route can be found on our News page.