Organics Reward

The Organics Reward supports eligible schools, businesses and nonprofits to start or expand organics (food scraps) collection. 

Applicants may receive up to $5,000 in reimbursements for organics hauling costs. Eligible hauling services include commercially source-separated organics and food-to-hogs.

Reimbursement is available as follows:

  • Reimbursement for three months of service, up to $5,000, for starting a new service.
  • Reimbursement for two months of service, up to $5,000, for improving an existing service.

Download full grant guidelines here.

For assistance improving your organics collections, consider applying for a Recycling Grant.

Applications are accepted anytime.

Businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Have a physical location in Ramsey or Washington County (of Minnesota). Businesses with multiple locations are eligible for multiple grants
  • Have 1 or more paid employees
  • Be one of the following types of businesses:
    • For profit
    • Nonprofit
    • Private college or university
    • Place of worship
    • Schools
      • Ramsey County: Charter schools with less than 250 students and all private schools
      • Washington County: All charter schools and all private schools
    • Multi-unit residential property (apartment building) with 5 or more units
  • Have an “active/in good standing” registered status with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

Ineligible entities include:

  • Home-based businesses
  • All public entities including federal, state, county and city; public colleges and universities
  • Public K-12 schools in Ramsey County

Receive up to $5,000 in reimbursements to offset the costs of starting or improving organics collection. Eligible services include commercial source separated organics management and food-to-hogs services.

Reimbursement is available as follows:

  • Businesses starting a new organics collection service: Reimbursement for three months of service, up to $5,000
  • Businesses with an existing organics collection service: Reimbursement for two months of services, up to $5,000, after an improvement or expansion has been made (for example, by adding paper towel collections)

Applicants must work with a BizRecycling Recycling Expert to apply. The Recycling Expert will conduct an initial site visit of your location. At the site visit, the Recycling Expert will provide customized recommendations for waste management improvements.

Applications are submitted through an online system. Your Recycling Expert will set-up your account and provide access to the grant application. Applicants must provide copies of paid hauler bills.

To set up your site assessment email or call 651-266-1199.

Amy from 21 Roots Farm in Grant recommends BizRecycling sharing that it was very helpful—especially as a small non-profit with not a lot of funds. BizRecycling helped us to become more sustainable!