Household Organics Recycling & Composting
Organics Recycling is an important part of effective waste management programs. Items are returned back to nature through commercial composting – reducing resource use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Organics Recycling also reduces demand and wear and tear on local garbage processing facilities – such as Pope/Douglas’ Material Recycling and Waste to Energy Facilities.
In The News!
- Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management Collaborates with Organix Solutions Bringing Organics Recycling to Rural Minnesota
Check out the current and upcoming opportunities below!
Commercial Organics Recycling
Are you a business, school or other commercial entity that is interested in recycling your organics?
Check out the commercial information.
What is 'Organix' green bag co-collection organics recycling?
Learn more about how the organics and trash co-collection program works.
Pope/Douglas is working with the communities of Glenwood, Osakis and Elbow Lake to pilot test household organics recycling using the ‘Organix’ green bag co-collection program. Check out the video below to learn more simple the program really is!
What do you think? Let Pope/Douglas know.
How to Build Raised Garden Beds
Setting up organics recycling (food scraps, etc) is an important step. The use of finished compost that is created from the composting process and growing local foods is even better!
Build your own raised beds at your place of business, home or wherever to increase access to local foods, eat healthier and use the nutrient rich compost.
- Four 8 foot long 2-by-6s
- Two 8 foot long 2-by-6s cut in half
- One 6 foot long 4-by-4 cut into four 16” tall corner posts
- Weed suppressing landscape fabric
- 32 3” screws
- 32 cubic feet of finished compost
- Prepare the location by removing grass and weeds.
- Outline the bed dimensions on the ground using chalk or string.
- Dig along the outline using vertical strokes to bury about half of your first wood board.
- Put down a layer of newspaper or weed-suppressing landscape fabric that extends to the outside edges of the outline.
- Set a 4-foot 2-by-6 on its thin edge on pavement, and place a 16” post at one end. Secure post with two 3” screws. Repeat at other end of board. Repeat with other short board.
- Join short sides with an 8-foot board; and secure with two screws. Add other long side. Add second layer of 2-by-6s.
- Place the bed into the outline made in step 3.
- Fill the bed with potting soil.
- Alternative: amend soil with completed compost.
Pope/Douglas Solid Waste is in the planning stages of developing a regional organics composting site to have local access to compost for use in gardening and landscaping projects.
Elbow Lake Household 'Organix' Program
Very exciting time for increasing recycling opportunities for the community of Elbow Lake.
Curbside organics recycling for commercial entities is also available.
Elbow Lake is in Grant County. Contact Grant County Coordinators Office for more info.