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Seeking a boost in recycling through food scraps

Published 7:45am Thursday, November 22, 2012

ST. PAUL — After surging in the 1980s, Minnesota’s recycling rate has stagnated for most of the last two decades. But green advocates think they have something to boost it: food scraps.

They predict organics recycling will sweep Minnesota the same way that recycling of aluminum, glass and paper has.

Not everyone is on board. Early tests of potential interest are mixed, with even some enthusiastic recyclers worried by the smell and insects that can come along with recycling kitchen scraps.

State officials have set a goal in the metro area of cutting the flow into landfills by 75 percent by 2030, with a big chunk of that coming from recycling organic material.