Food Scraps (Organics) Drop-off

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Organic material makes up 25% - 35% of what we throw away. When you participate in the food scraps drop-off program, your food waste and non-recyclable paper products will be recycled into compost at a commercial compost facility. Compost is a valuable resource that improves soil, reduces erosion, and decreases the need for fertilizers. 

COVID-19 Procedures


Food scraps drop-off is now self-serve! Please follow the new safety procedures:
  • Remain in your vehicle while waiting.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other customers.
  • Please wear a face covering during drop-off.
Starter kit pick-up has resumed. The following changes have been made to pick-up procedures: 
  • Please stay in your vehicle - no exceptions.
  • Through a cracked window, let staff know your name and that you signed up for a starter kit.
  • Kit will be placed in your trunk or cargo bed, not in the passenger area.
  • Staff are wearing face covering for your protection. We strongly encourage you to do the same.

How to Get Started



Step 1 – Sign up online and pick up a free starter kit!

Starter kits include a 2 gallon kitchen pail and 10 compostable bags. Kits are available to Washington County residents only. Limit 1 kit per household. Must be picked up at the Environmental Center or the Northern Yard Waste Site.

Step 2 – Start collecting food scraps at home


  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for details on what is and is not accepted.
  • Collect food scraps in a compostable bag inside of your kitchen pail and tie off the bag when full. Be sure to review the list of accepted items.
  • If using a bag not provided by the county, check that it has the “compostable” logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on the bag or the box.

Step 3 – Bring bagged food scraps to a drop-off site

Visit a county site during normal operating hours for self-serve drop-off. Replacement bags are available. To ensure there are enough bags for everyone, please only take the number of bags you drop off.
  1. Drop-off Sites
  2. Accepted Items
  3. Quick Tips
Drop-off Locations in Washington County

Environmental Center

4039 Cottage Grove Dr., Woodbury, MN 55129

Hours


Tues: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thur: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Washington County Northern Yard Waste Site


5527 170th St. N., Hugo, MN 55038

Summer Hours: April - November


Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (or dusk)
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-4:30 p.m.

Winter Hours: December - March


Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Search the Disposal Directory to find more drop-off locations outside of Washington County.