Organics Drop-off

Service Alert: Environmental Center Closed Until Further Notice

Effective Saturday, March 28, the Washington County Environmental Center is closed to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order. Hazardous waste, recycling, and food scraps (organics) drop-off services are suspended until further notice. 

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 – 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 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 a drop-off site

  • An attendant will take your bags and give you the same number of new compostable bags in exchange. 
  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


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.