At 11%, a significant portion of all garbage is food waste. Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic materials and can greatly reduce what we landfill and incinerate, as well as decrease the amount of food waste that goes down the garbage disposal and adds phosphorus to lakes and rivers.
Backyard composting is an easy way to turn much of the waste from your yard and kitchen into a rich organic material that you can use to improve your soil. Using finished compost on your lawn and garden will add nutrients, suppress weeds and hold moisture in the soil.
You can compost:
The City of Hopkins has backyard compost bins for sale. The cost of a compost bin is $59.
The compost bins are black and have a diameter and height of 33 inches. They have a capacity of 80 gallons.
Please contact Hopkins Public Works at 952-939-1382 for more information and to reserve your bin.
For more information on composting food and yard waste, visit www.reduce.org/compost from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.