Organics Drop-off at the Environmental Center

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Organics make up 25% - 35% of what we throw away. When you participate in the organics drop-off program, your food scraps 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. 

How to Get Started 



Step 1 – 


  • 2 gallon kitchen pail for collecting organics 
  • 10 compostable bags
  • Sticker and other program information
Starter kits are available to Washington County residents only. Contact information is gathered so that we can notify you of updates or changes to the organics drop-off program. Starter kits can be picked up at the Environmental Center during hours of operation. Please show your sign-up confirmation to Environmental Center staff to receive your free starter kit.

Step 2 – Start collecting organics at home


  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for details on what is and is not accepted.
  • Collect organics 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 organics to the Environmental Center


  • Bring bagged organics to the Environmental Center during regular hours of operation and proceed through the drive-lane. 
  • An attendant will take your bags and give you the same number of new compostable bags in exchange. 
  • Dropping your organics off on a weekly basis will help minimize odor and pests. You can also keep your compostable bag with food scraps in the freezer until you're ready to drop off.

Yes - Accepted Items



 Food 

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, fish, and bones 
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, pasta, beans, and rice
  • Nuts and shells
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags

Non-recyclable paper

  • Paper towels
  • Napkins and tissues
  • Pizza delivery boxes

Certified compostable products

  • Certified compostable paper and plastic cups, plates, bowls, utensils, and containers 
  • Look for the BPI or Cedar Grove logos to ensure it is compostable

No - Not Accepted

  

  • Diapers
  • Cleaning or baby wipes
  • Yard waste 
  • Animal and pet waste, litter, or bedding
  • Dead animals
  • Dryer lint and dryer sheets
  • Recyclable items (cartons, glass, metal, paper, plastic) 
  • Frozen food boxes
  • StyrofoamTM 
  • Rubber
  • Wood

How is this program different? 



This program accepts more items than could be composted in a backyard composting bin, such as citrus, meat, dairy and bones. Commercial or industrial composting facilities reach high temperatures to break down these materials and kill pathogens. This program is separate from the regular yard waste program for leaves, grass clippings and brush. Please do not mix yard waste with your food waste.

Contact Us

  1. Environmental Center


    Email
    4039 Cottage Grove Drive
    Woodbury, MN 55129

    651-275-7475

    Hours


    Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Closed on 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.