History of Food Recycling
Food Recycling is not new to the Twin Cities. Before
1951, locally, many garbage haulers who also owned
farms fed restaurant and grocery store leftover food
to their pigs as opposed to delivering this material
to open burning dump sites. Then in 1951 the U.S.
Federal Government, with the State of Minnesota Department
of Animal Health as enforcers, required these Hauler/Farmers
to Process or Cook the food to rid it of potentially
harmful bacteria. Those haulers that wanted to continue
collecting this material developed Processing and
Cooking methods that since have gone the way of extensive
upgrades and improvements.
is a network of these farms many of whom are now third
and fourth generation family farms.
Over the past 8 -10 years several other local farms
have tried to provide food recycling services to businesses
locally but in general failed miserably due to lack
of service collection consistency and performance.
Some of these farms even failed to process or cook
the food or restricted their activities to collecting
fruit and vegetables only. Our Participating Farms
have re-established industry food collection service
standards. These standards must be followed by any
and all farms listed on this web site.
Our Family Farms currently farm over 1000 collective
acres feeding processed recyclable food to several
thousand pigs while providing service to hundreds
of metro area commercial customers. Farms located
predominantly in north metro counties are continually
expanding operations and purchasing new service vehicles
in an attempt to bring more and more customers onboard
while creating public awareness to Minnesota’s
with State and Federal Laws
Our Farms are in full compliance with all state and
federal laws governing local environmental issues
and we take a leadership role in promoting good and
responsible use of Minnesota’s land, air, and
Thank you to our Minnesota based customers for Pledging
along with us to demonstrate environmentally responsible
behaviors. Your Pledge to Recycle and Conserve our
natural resources supports our collective roles as
nation wide leaders.
of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
Recycling your food is one of the most environmentally
responsible activities your business can perform.
For the remainder of your Solid Waste Our Farms recommend
and support the environmental initiatives of the State
of Minnesota. Whenever possible, as opposed to using
privately owned landfills or the use of Transfer Facilities
delivering MSW to out-of-state landfills we advocate
the use of local waste-to-energy or NRG Facilities
as the most environmentally responsible way of disposing
of Municipal Solid Waste.