Collecting organic material such as food scraps and compostable paper is becoming more common. Some communities offer curbside organics collection or drop-off locations for residents.
These collection sites are not compost facilities, but serve as a place to consolidate organics so it can be efficiently transported to a compost facility.
Establishing a drop-off site
Drop-off sites may be established in one of three places:
- An existing facility with a permit such as a transfer station
- An existing facility with a Permit-by-Rule (PBR) such as a yard waste site
- A new stand-alone site that is not associated with other solid waste activities, called a limited solid waste collection services transfer facility.
Establishing a community drop-off site depends on where it is located:
- Permitted sites: Contact your MPCA permit engineer.
- Permit-by-Rule facilities: Complete and submit the notification form: Source separated organic materials transfer facility notification form (w-sw3-42)
- Limited solid waste collection services transfer facility: Inform your county Solid Waste Administrator of your intent to establish an organics drop-off site. Ensure the drop-site complies with the location and operating standards: Source separated organic material drop-off sites (w-sw3-57)
Questions? Contact Tim Farnan, 651-757-2348