The City of Blaine is currently working with Anoka County to setup an organic waste collection program. The pilot program will include a free drop-off location at City Hall. The plan is to use this first location to test the participation levels and demand. If there is enough demand additional locations will be added.
What are organics?
Organics include all food scraps, most non-recyclable and food-soiled paper, and certified compostable products.
Why should organics be removed from the trash?
Approximately one-third of the waste collected weekly is recyclable, organic material. Removal of organics from your weekly trash reduces the amount of material dumped at the landfill. Once this material reaches the landfill, the collection and reuse of it is no longer feasible.
What happens to the organics?
Food scraps and non-recyclable paper products are processed and turned into compost, a nutrient rich resource that improves soil and decreases the need for fertilizers.
What is the cost?
This will be a free program for Blaine residents. The City is able to offer this service at no cost through a SCORE (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment) grant.
Why drop-off and not curbside?
The goal is to keep the cost and complexity down to start the program. The drop-off model has been successful for other cities in Anoka County. If there is a high demand for the program, the City will evaluate the feasibility of curbside collection.
How do I start?
Once the program launches any resident who wants to participate will be able to sign up and will pick up a free starter kit at Blaine City Hall.
When will the program launch?
The City is working towards launching the program before the end of 2021.