Organics recycling in the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, and Lake Crystal is now available not just to residents but for anyone in the region that wants to drop off such waste.

Jane Dow with Mankato Zero Waste said recyclable organics include, “A lot of things that you wouldn’t even know you could – it’s surprising what people find out. You can put anything that is plant based, and not only food scraps like vegetables and fruits but also paper products that have food on them like Kleenexes, paper towels, pizza boxes, and napkins.”

In addition, she said it includes things that can’t be used in home composting like meat and cheese and bone. Any animal products.”

They are simply asking people that use the dumpsters to call the city of Mankato, North Mankato, or Lake Crystal to register because, “We want to keep track of how many people are using it because that gives us a sense of how accepted it is and how aware people in the community are that it’s available and are interested in using it,” and Dow added that it’s, “Good to know for numbers as far as how we move forward.”

There are two locations in Mankato – one at the Public Works Center on South Victory Drive and the other at Sibley Park next to the animal impound. There is an organics dumpster at the North Mankato Recycling Center and one at the Lake Crystal City Building.

Mankato Zero Waste will also host a workshop about how to recycle organics next Thursday at the Mankato Police Annex across from the Taylor Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.