Household Organics Recycling & Composting

Organics (Food Scraps and Soiled Papers) make up approximately 38% of what is still in the garbage – even after strong single sort recycling programs.

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.

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City of Glenwood Household Organics Curbside Service Info

City of Osakis Household Organics Curbside Service Info

Satellite Organics Recycling Drop Sites Info

Commercial Organics Recycling

Are you a business, school or other commercial entity that is interested in recycling your organics?

Check out the commercial information.

Commercial Organics Recycling (Pope/Douglas Organics Recycling)

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.


Backyard Composting

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.

Required Materials

  • 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


  1. Prepare the location by removing grass and weeds.
  2. Outline the bed dimensions on the ground using chalk or string.
  3. Dig along the outline using vertical strokes to bury about half of your first wood board.
  4. Put down a layer of newspaper or weed-suppressing landscape fabric that extends to the outside edges of the outline.
  5. 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.
  6. Join short sides with an 8-foot board; and secure with two screws. Add other long side. Add second layer of 2-by-6s.
  7. Place the bed into the outline made in step 3.
  8. Fill the bed with potting soil.
  9. 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.

Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary

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