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LET'S TALK TRASH: Register for county's new organics recycling program

Hubbard County is about to start an organics recycling program.

Organics is a term used in the solid waste industry to describe anything that can be composted. Organics can be separated into four broad categories: food waste, food-soiled paper, other compostable items and yard waste.

Hubbard County already has a yard waste program at both of our transfer stations. This new organics recycling program will focus on food waste and food-soiled paper.

Food waste is just what it sounds like. It includes produce, meat, bones, dairy, eggs, pasta, bread and pretty much any other type of food you can think of.

Food-soiled paper includes items like napkins, paper towels, paper egg cartons, coffee filters, and even shredded paper.

Soon we will have the ability to turn all of these items into rich compost.

Compost has many benefits to our local soil. Compost is full of nutrients and acts as a natural fertilizer. Compost also helps our soils retain moisture, so lawns and gardens don't need to be watered as often. It also has been found that compost can act as a natural pesticide to prevent common diseases and infestations.

By choosing to compost your food waste you are conserving valuable resources rather than throwing them away, where they are destined for a landfill or incinerator.

There will be an organics container available to Hubbard County residents at our south transfer station. All of your organics will need to be brought in a certified compostable bag or a reusable container.

To participate in this free program, residents will need to register first. Once you are registered, you will be given a list of items that will be accepted and a six-month supply of certified compostable bags.

There are multiple ways for residents to register for this new service. You can register online at co.hubbard.mn.us/waste, email solidwaste@co.hubbard.mn.us, call 218-237-1460 or stop in at either the south transfer station or the public works building.

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