Organics Recycling

About 30 percent of what we throw away is organic material, food scraps and food-soiled paper products. Through organics recycling programs, waste is recycled into valuable compost at a commercial composting facility to be used in landscaping and road construction projects. Organics recycling includes collecting fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells, non-recyclable and food-soiled paper and more, for composting.

Curbside Organics RecyclingA blue Republic organics recycling cart with an orange lid that says Food Waste

As of January 2022, all Hopkins residential recycling customers are eligible to participate in the City’s new curbside organics recycling program.

The program stems from a Hennepin County requirement for all cities to make organics recycling services available to households with curbside recycling by January 1, 2022.

How to Participate

Residents can sign-up for Curbside Organics Recycling at any time. 

Collection is weekly on the same day as garbage day. 


Starting in January 2022, residents who have recycling provided by Republic via the City contract will see an additional $5.50 on their utility bills, regardless of whether or not they choose to participate in the curbside organics recycling program.

Information Sessions

Monday, January 24
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Complete the virtual session participation online form

Zoom information:

  • One tap mobile: US: +16465588656,,84091896610#  or +13017158592,,84091896610#
  • Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
  • US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 720 707 2699  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
  • Webinar ID: 840 9189 6610
  • International numbers available:

Wednesday, January 26
5 to 6 p.m.
Hopkins Activity Center.
Registration is required

Organics Recycling Drop-Off

Hopkins residents may bring their household organics to the 24/7 Minnetonka-Hopkins Recycling Center, located at 11522 Minnetonka Boulevard.

Photo of Republic Services Organics Recycling Dumpster

Preparing Organics for Recycling

All material MUST be bagged - no loose material - in either a BPI certified compostable bag or paper bag.  BPI certified compostable bags will have one of these symbols on their packaging.

BPI certified Symbol

Accepted and Unaccepted Organics Items

Learn what items are accepted and what items are not:

Where the Collected Organics Go

Organics collected are taken to either the Specialized Environmental Technologies commercial composting site in Rosemount or the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community commercial composting facility.  

Watch this video to see what happens after you drop your collection off and how it becomes valuable compost.