With our curbside organics program, we have done research and testing on BPI-certified bags that are strong enough to be co-collected with your garbage. This bag can only be found on Amazon.com and is the only brand we recommend for our curbside organics program. Ordering the bag directly from Amazon allows you the flexibility to place an order at your convenience and have them shipped directly to you.
Here is the information along with the link to Amazon on the recommended and approved bpi-certified organic bag. Moonygreen Compostable Bags 13 Gallon
GUIDE TO COMPOSTING
How to get started on Curbside Organics Recycling.
- Please contact Walters Recycling (763) 780-8464 to get signed up for our curbside organics program. With this step, the driver will be alerted to look for your organic bag. We are charging a monthly fee for organics collection. It is a $10/month non-taxable fee. In addition, we also reduce your trash BASE rate by $3 a month as organics is a non-taxable material.
- Order your bags from Amazon.com Moonygreen Compostable Bags 13 Gallon
- Collect your food scraps and food-soiled paper products.
- Empty your food scraps & food-soiled paper products into the approved BPI-certified organics bag.
- On trash day, simply hand tie the 13-gallon BPI Certified Organics bag containing your household’s food waste and non-recyclable papers and place it on the top of the trash INSIDE your regular trash cart. We will pull all Organics bags from other trash at the curb and put them in another container on the truck and off they will go to a composting facility.
- Below is a list of what is acceptable and not acceptable when it comes to organics recycling.
GOOD STUFF + BAD STUFF
Here are a few lists of what should be composted, and what should not.
Acceptable Organics Recycling
Food waste and food-soiled paper are called organic waste. It includes:
- Food Scraps
- Fruits & Vegetable scraps
- Meats, fish & bones
- Bread, pasta, & baked goods
- Spoiled leftovers
- Egg and nut shells
- Dairy products
- Tea leaves (staples removed)
- Coffee grounds
- Food-soiled paper products
- Paper towels & napkins
- Paper plates & cups (uncoated)
- Pizza boxes
- Paper Egg cartons
- Tea bags (staples removed)
- Coffee Filters
- Other Compostable Items
- Tissues & cotton balls
- Floral trimmings & house plants
- BPI-Certified materials
Non-Acceptable Materials for Organics
These items should not go into your organics bag
- 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
Some tips to make composting 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 organics bpi certified bag, and once that bag is full, you can transfer the bag and it’s contents into your 13-gallon bag. This method allows for you to collect organics on your kitchen counter and makes the collection process easy.
- Experiment based on your unique situation.
- The organic bags are compostable, but designed to last.
- Adding non-recyclable paper such as paper towels, Kleenex to your organics bag 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.