Live Green Apartments offers organics recycling for residents at 241 Brimhall St, 2124 and 2130 Como Ave, and 194 Summit Ave.

What is organics recycling and why do it?

Organic materials like food and yard waste decompose naturally to make compost. Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment which helps replenish our soils, reduce soil erosion, and prevents contamination of lakes and streams by limiting stormwater runoff. Organics comprise about 25% of what we throw away as trash. Therefore, by recycling organics we keep these materials out of landfills and incinerators. Additionally, decomposing organic material in landfills creates methane gas–a powerful contributor to global warming. Composting reduces garbage and saves money on trash bills.

The following items can be composted:

  • All food waste, including: meat, fish, bones, fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, bakery items, eggshells, rice and beans.
  • Food soiled paper, such as: paper towels, napkins, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, waxed cardboard, wax paper, refrigerated and frozen food boxes, paper cups, paper plates, paper milk cartons.
  • Yard waste, including: plants and flowers as well as leaves, branches and grass clippings.
The following items cannot be composted:
  • Liquids, grease, cooking oil
  • Plastics or styrofoam
  • Kitty litter, pet droppings
  • Diapers, wipes
  • Glass, metal, foil

Organics recycling is simple! All you need to do is collect organic materials in a container, like a plastic bucket, and empty them out in the marked dumpster behind the building.

You don’t have to use a bag to collect compost, but if you want to, here are some suggested products: BioBag “Certified Compostable”, EcNow Tech “Compost Me”, EcoSafe “6400 Line”, Glad “Compostable Kitchen,” and Nature-Tec “Natur-Bag Compostable”.

The following local stores all sell biodegradable bags that can be used for composting:

  • Whole Foods
  • Lunds & Byerlys
  • Menards
  • Walmart
  • Cub Foods
  • Kowalski’s
  • ACE Hardware
  • Target
  • Bachman’s