Food Scraps Drop-off


20% of our trash is food waste. When you participate in the food scraps drop-off program, your food waste and non-recyclable paper products are turned into finished compost in just six months at an industrial compost facility. Compost is a valuable resource that improves soil, reduces erosion, and decreases the need for fertilizers. 

How to Get Started

Find a container to collect food scraps. Pick up free compostable bags at a Washington County food scraps drop-off site. 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.

Start collecting food scraps at home. Line your container with a compostable bag and fill it with food scraps and other accepted items. See the Frequently Asked Questions for details on what is and is not accepted.

Bring bagged food scraps to a drop-off site. Bring your filled compostable bag to a free drop-off site. Pick up another free bag while you are there. To ensure there are enough bags for everyone, please only take the number of bags you drop off. 

  1. Drop-off Sites
  2. Items Accepted
  3. Quick Tips
  4. Reduce Food Waste

Environmental Center

4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129


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. - 2:00 p.m.

Northern Yard Waste Site

5527 170th Street North, 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.

Mahtomedi Site

800 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115


Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise noted. 

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