In an effort to boost curbside organics recycling, Hennepin County, Minn., plans to move half of the county’s recycling dollars toward organic waste by 2020 via a new funding policy. These funds can be used to provide discounts to residents, purchase compostable bags or to help pay for city contracts.
This year, $3.2 million of the county’s $3.5 million in recycling funds went toward cities’ recycling programs and $300,000 went toward organics recycling. If the proposed funding policy change gets approved by the County Board, the organics recycling funds will increase to $720,000.
Star Tribune has the details:
Hennepin County wants cities to start curbside organics recycling, and it’s planning to pay more to those that do next year.
It’s part of a shift in recycling across the country to focus more on organics, or food waste. Hennepin County’s own move toward organics is part of a gradual increase in funding that the county envisions, aiming for half of recycling dollars to go toward it by 2020.
“It sets the tone,” said Ben Knudson, a Hennepin County recycling specialist. “It will get the attention of cities.”