We need your help! We must only collect acceptable items in the Blue Bags that can be converted into compost.

We greatly appreciate your continued participation in the Blue Bag Organics recycling program. It’s thanks to you that food scraps and other organic materials are being diverted from filling up landfills.

As many of us find ourselves spending more time than usual in our homes, here is an easy Organics Collection Guide for your household and guests to follow, ensuring only compostable items are entering your Blue Bag:

Please keep a watchful eye on all items going into the Blue Bag organics waste stream. A good rule of thumb: If it didn’t come from the earth, it should not go back into the earth.

  1. Collect acceptable household organics in your Blue Bag.
  2. Tie a secure knot in your Blue Bag and put it into your regular trash cart.
  3. Randy’s picks up and transports everything to the material recovery facility.
  4. A robot sorts out and collects the Blue Bags and places them into an organics-only container for transportation.
  5. The organics are transported to the local industrial composting facility where they begin the breakdown process. This is where it’s important that Blue Bags are 100% contaminant free.
  6. Blue Bags and their contents take about 45 days to completely break down. Upon completion, nutrient-rich soil is created and ready to return to the earth.

 

Thank you for doing your part by recycling your organics!

As organics recycling continues to expand across the country, Minnesota remains among the top states for residential organics collection. Go, Minnesota!

The continued success of your community’s organics recycling program is dependent upon 2 key components:

1. Ongoing participation by you and your neighbors.

2. Eliminating non-compostable items from entering your Blue Bag.

What does this mean?

  • Minnesota is fortunate to have two great, local composters in our area. To protect their operation and the valuable soil they’re producing, we must only collect compostable —no plastics, metals, glass, or other items hazardous to their operation (see list).
  • Once your Blue Bag is placed in your trash bin, our team at Randy’s separates the Blue Bag from the other waste and sends it to a local composter. The ENTIRE bag PLUS all of its contents are placed onto a pile of compost in order to decompose and turn into sellable compost. The compost returns to our soils in many ways such farming, planting, gardening, landscaping, or building. So by keeping your Blue Bag free of contamination, you’re not only helping our composters, but protecting our great state’s land, soil, and waterways.

TIP: An easy rule of thumb for what should go in your Blue Bag is this: If it came from the Earth, it can return to the Earth!

For more information and a complete list, visit https://www.randysenvironmentalservices.com/residential/organics-recycling

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