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

Step 1 – Sign up online

There are a limited number of food scraps starter kits still available. Once those run out, Washington County will no longer provide starter kits as we prepare to launch the food scraps pickup program in 2023. Certified compostable bags are still available at all our food scraps drop-off sites. If you already have a starter kit at home, continue using it. Otherwise, any other container can be used for food scraps collection.

Step 2 – Start collecting food scraps at home

  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for details on what is and is not accepted.
  • 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. Items Accepted
  3. Quick Tips
  4. Reduce Food Waste
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.

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.

Mahtomedi Site

800 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi, MN 


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.