Food Scraps and Yard Waste (Organics) Collection Program

Hutchinson is lucky!

We are one of the few cities in the country
that generates revenue for the City from our collected organic waste. And we’ve been doing this for over 20 years!

Organic waste is converted into compost at Hutchinson’s CreekSide Soils facility on Adams Street. The compost is bagged and sold to buyers in and out of state. Profits from these sales, often over $100,000/year, supports City services.

Creekside Staff

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What to put in the green lid organics cart.

Residents have three waste carts: garbage, recycling, and organics. The green lid cart is for organics. This cart is picked up each week.

Items accepted in organics cart.

All food, food-soiled paper, certified compostable products, yard waste.

  • Leaves, grass clippings, and small wood pieces (the width of a pencil)
  • Meat, fish, poultry, bones
  • Egg shells, bread, pasta, and coffee grounds
  • Vegetable and fruit trimmings
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Pizza delivery boxes (not shiny)

KEEP THESE OUT of the organics cart.

The items below are contaminants because they cannot be processed at CreekSide. Tell your friends and others in your household: keep these items out of the organics cart!

Important items to leave out of the organics cart.

  • Plastic of any kind
  • Glass
  • Cooking oil, fat and grease
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Large branches and rocks
  • Large cardboard boxes and shiny cardboard
  • Construction material


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If you have questions or are not sure how to dispose of an item, please contact (320) 234-4227.
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