Green Bag Organics
We are pleased to announce that we offer a curbside organics program! Did you know that in 2010 the State of Minnesota reclassified organic waste to be a recycle item? With this reclassification, the state has set some pretty high recycling goals for cities in the metro area. Walters Recycling and Refuse works hard to consistently deliver good value and great customer service. To further our commitment to great service and live up to our reputation of being Beyond the Curb, Walters is proud to lead the effort and offer the Green Bag Organics program! It is a more convenient and greener way to recycle organic waste, which consists of up to 50 percent of household trash.
Currently this service is available to the residents of the city of Coon Rapids and Lino Lakes. If you would like to participate in this innovative program, simply call our office and you will receive:
- A one year’s supply (for a fee) of the 13 gallon bags (60 bags), and literature shipped free directly to your residence.
- Be one of the first 100 to sign up with Walters Recycling and Refuse and we will send you a voucher to be redeemed at the city of Lino Lakes 600 Town Center Parkway for a free Kitchen counter compost bucket and a roll of the 3 gallon bag liners.
As soon as you receive your Green bag kit, you can start the process! On trash day, simply hand tie the 13 gallon Green Bag Organics bag containing your household’s food waste and non-recyclable papers and place it inside your regular trash cart. We’ll separate all Green Bag Organics from other trash at our processing facility, and off they’ll go to a composting facility.
See the enclosed two fold brochure for the explanation of organic waste and how it is collected using the Green Bag Organics program.
This is a great way to very easily reduce waste and be a champion for increased reuse of organics materials! Contact us today at 763-780-8464 to get started.
Guide to Composting
Organics Recycling is as easy as one, two, three.
- Collect your food scraps and food-soiled paper products.
- Empty your food scraps & food-soiled paper products into the Green Bag Organics composting system – a covered blue can that is lined with a Green Bag Organics BPI-certified bag provided by Walters.
- Hand-tie your Green Bag Organics can liner and place it inside your regular garbage cart for curbside pickup. We’ll separate all Green Bag Organics from the rest of the trash at our facility.
GOOD STUFF for Green Bag Organics Recycling
Food waste and food-soiled paper are called organic waste. It includes:
- Spoiled Leftovers
- Meat, poultry, fish (including bones)
- Vegetable scraps
- Paper Egg cartons /Egg & Nut Shells
- Fruit scraps & Pits
- Coffee grounds & Filters
- Tea leaves / bags (no staples)
- Dairy Products
- Paper towels & Paper napkins
- Corn cobs /husks
- Gravy, sauces &Soups
- Grease / fat / lard
- Popsicle sticks / chop sticks / wooden tooth picks
- Pencil shavings
- Refrigerated foods
- Pizza Delivery Boxes
KEEP OUT of Green Bag Organics® Recycling
These items should not go into your kitchen compost bucket or Green Bag Organics liner.
- Twist Ties
- Plastic bags
- Foil / Aluminum
- Microwave Popcorn bags
- K-Cups from single serving Coffees
- Diapers or wipes
- Pet Droppings – Kitty Litter
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Cigarette butts
- Rocks or bricks
- Automobile & engine fluids
- Band-Aids or first aid items
- Candles or wax
- Candy or chip wrappers
- Rubber wine corks
- Garden Trimmings or Yard waste
- Juice boxes or Pouches
- Chalk, crayons
- Markers & Pens
- Dusting wipes
- Detergents: (liquids, power, sheets or tablets)
- Butter or margin wrappers
- Paper Plates and cups (unless they are BPI certified)
- Waxed parchment paper
- Wax-coated paperboard packaging
- Take out or To go packaging (unless it’s BPI certified)
- Dryer Line
- Frozen foods and refrigerated food packaging
Green Bag FAQ
I just placed my order for the Green Bag, how long will it take for the bags to arrive?
A: You should have your Green Bag Starter kit within 4-5 business days.
When can I start the program?
A: As soon as you receive your Green Bags, you can start the program.
Where should I store the Green Bags?
A: You should store them in a cool dry place. If you store them in a warm area like the garage in the summer time, the heat will shorten the life span of the bags.
What do I do with the Green Bag once it’s full?
A: Hand Tie the bag tightly (No twist ties) and simply place it in your trash cart.
Can I use the 3 gallon Green Bags that I purchased from the City of Coon Rapids?
A: No, unfortunately the bags the city is selling are not meant for curb side pick-up, they are thinner than the curbside Green Bag program. The 13 gallon bags you receive in the kit are more durable and are meant to withstand the compaction inside the truck.
You can however purchase the starter kit and use the existing bags to place inside the 13 gallon Green Bag.
What if I start the program and decide that I don’t like it, can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately no, the Green Bag Program is a pre-paid program and it’s a one year supply of the Bags. What is it that’s not working for you?
If you are un-sure of the program, visit the Coon Rapids Recycling Center and purchase 1 or 2 bags there and try it before making the initial investment. Remember if you buy bags from them you will need bring your full Blue Bags back to their facility for recycling.
This is a good way for you to see if this program works well for you and your family!
Can I use other compostable bags for the program?
A: You can, as long as those bags are BPI Certified and placed inside the Green Bag.
What is BPI Certified?
BPI certified is the certification process that compostable materials go through to show that they are compostable at an industrial composting facility. All BPI Certified items will have the BPI logo on the object or the box they come in. The logo is:
What if I run out of bags before the subscription ends?
A: You can certainly purchase another box of the bags. You should be using about 1 bag per week. Let’s review how you’re doing the program, how many people are in your family? Are you filling the bag complete or just halfway?
I am not a Walters’s customer, can I still participate?
A: You must be a Walters’s customer in order to be a part of the Green Bag Program. Would you like to switch your service today and get signed up?
I have been doing the Green Bag program through the City of Coon Rapids, can I continue to do the program with them until I am ready to invest into the Green Bag Curbside Program?
Yes, the City of Coon Rapids will continue their program at their Recycling Center.
How do I get my voucher for the kitchen counter bucket and roll of 3 gallon bags?
Once you have signed up for the program and received your bags, watch your mail for the voucher. To redeem the bucket and the roll of bags simply bring the voucher into the Coon Rapids Recycling center and they will give you your kitchen counter kit.
Can I place the 3 gallon bags in my waste container?
No the 3 gallon bags will need to go into the 13 gallon Green Bag because the 3 gallon bags are not made to hold up through the compaction of the garbage truck.
What can I use once I run out of the 3 gallon Green Bags I received from the promotion?
Once you have used the roll of 3 gallon bags provided by the City of Coon Rapids you have several options. First you can purchase more from the City of Coon Rapids. You can purchase them from a retail store. If you purchase bags from a third party source you must make sure they are BPI Certified. You can use a paper bag as a liner in the kitchen bin. The final option is to use no linear at all and just collect the material in the bin and dump its contents in the 13 gallon Green Bag.
Can I use the plastic shopping bags I receive from stores in my kitchen bin?
A: You can use these bags if you are emptying the contents into the 13 gallon Green Bag without the plastic bag. These plastic bags are not BPI Certified so they will not breakdown in the composting process.
What can I collect that I have not been collecting in my backyard compost pile?
Because material collected in the Blue Bag is going to an industrial compost facility you can place meat, bones, dairy, compostable plastics and paper waste in your Green Bag. This material will break down in an industrial composting facility because of the heat that is generated in the composting process, approximately 150 degrees.
Will I create maggots or fruit flies?
A: You should not have a problem with either item if you have not had a problem in the past. The waste that is being separated and collected is the same waste that was always being collected. We do recommend a 13 gallon trash can that has a lid to reduce any fruit flies that could come from fruit being purchased in the spring and summer time.
What material can go into the Green Bag?
A: Please go to www.waltersrecycling.com to find a list of acceptable/ unacceptable items for the Green Bag program.
What are the benefits of composting my organics?
Can I put yard waste in my Green Bag?
A: No the Blue Bag is for only collecting your organic waste. For a detailed list of materials that are acceptable click on the “GOOD STUFF for Green Organics Recycling” tab above
Where is the organic material going to?
The Green Bags collected with your MSW will be taken to our transfer station where we will sort remove the Blue Bags from the waste stream. The Green Bags will then be transferred to a state permitted industrial composting facility where it will be processed and turned into compost.
Why can’t pet waste be included?
Pet waste is not included in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) definition of source separated compostable material and is therefore not accepted under current permit requirements.
Some tips or suggestions to make it easier.
Again, discard your food waste and food-soiled paper from meals, your refrigerator and the pantry into a kitchen compost bucket, separate from your other household trash. Use a kitchen scraps recycling setup that is most convenient for you and your household. You may already have a ventilated kitchen compost bucket for your kitchen scraps. Some households prefer to line the compost bucket with newspaper, a paper bag or an empty paperboard carton. These items are compostable right along with the kitchen scraps.
Or you may prefer to line your compost bucket with the 3-gallon compostable Blue Bag certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. Paper grocery bags will be allowed to be used for those of you using this program for non-recyclable paper items. Only paper bags or Blue Bags will be accepted for drop off, all other bags will be declined.
Empty your kitchen compost bucket into a Blue Bag organics system created unique to your household. The 13 gallon liners fit a standard kitchen size waste container. On your trash day, simple hand tie your 13 gallon Blue Bag and place it in your trash cart for pick up.
- Experiment based on your unique situation.
- The organic bags are compostable, but designed to last.
- Adding non-recyclable paper to your Blue Bags will help absorb wetness and extend the life of your bag
- If your using a kitchen counter bucket that does not have ventilation, be sure to keep the lid cracked to allow a little bit of air.