Organics Recycling


The City of Lake Crystal partners with Mankato Zero Waste (MZW) on an organics project to recycle food waste. Mankato Area Zero Waste is a grassroots organization focused on reducing waste in all forms. Organics drop-off locations are open during daylight hours and there is no fee to use the organics recycling facilities. Starter kits--that contain bag samples and coupons--are available at City offices 100 East Robinson Street.


"We are also very concerned about the growth of plastic use and the harmful effects on us and our environment. Besides recommending alternatives to plastic, we are helping businesses, institutions and groups collect plastic wrap and bags for recycling into composite lumber to make benches, decking and railings." -Mankato Area Zero Waste


Click here for an informational video on organics recycling in the City of Lake Crystal. 





Start collecting your household organics from your kitchen or bathroom. Take your bagged organics (no plastic bags) to a city organics dumpster during daylight hours, any day you choose:

  • Mankato: 501 S. Victory Dr. front parking lot, Mankato Public Works Center OR Sibley Park, 901 Mound Ave., near Animal Impound
  • North Mankato: 600 Webster Ave. at the North Mankato Recycling Center
  • Lake Crystal: Recreation Center, 621 W. Nathan at the designated dumpster

Your organics will be hauled to a commercial composting facility near the Twin Cities to be turned into valuable compost rather than being burned or added to a landfill. 



Accepted Materials

Food Scraps:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat, fish, & bones
  • Bakery & dry goods
  • Eggs & eggshells
  • Dairy Products

Food-Soiled & Non-Recyclable Paper:

  • Paper cups, plates, & bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Napkins
  • Paper egg cartons


Other Compostable Items:

  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Wood chopsticks, popsicles sticks, & toothpicks
  • Houseplant trimmings
  • Hair & nail clippings
  • Certified compostable plastics (BPI Certified) 



Restricted Materials

  • Yard Waste (grass, leaves, brush
  • Plastic bags (take to grocery or retail stores for recycling)
  • Milk cartons & juice boxes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Animal waste, litter & bedding
  • StyrofoamTM
  • Non-certified compostable plastics
  • Liquids (milk, juice, or oils)
  • Plastic-lines paper products
  • Recyclable items (paper, plastic, glass, metal, cartons)
  • Diapers & wipes