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 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, Northern Yard Waste Site or Mahtomedi City Hall.

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.