Learn more about each county’s commercial organics recycling opportunities, which often include grant money or other assistance:
Contact Your Hauler
Many haulers offer organics collection with delivery to a compost facility.
Businesses may donate excess prepared perishable, non-perishable and other food products that are fit for human consumption to food kitchens. Many food shelves accept surplus or salvaged packaged food that has not expired.
The organizations listed below accept food donations, and some also accept personal care and household items. Call first for a list of items currently accepted. For more information, visit The Food Group.
Food to Animals
Feeding waste food to livestock is a viable option for recycling food waste. Businesses that collect food waste from other businesses to feed to livestock must obtain the appropriate permits from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Call 651-296-2942 for information.
Grease and Cooking Oil
Typically, grease and cooking oil are not accepted by garbage haulers in any great quantity. However, some businesses pick up animal by-products and used grease that contains protein or fat. The products are melted and recycled into animal feed products.