Anoka County Organics Drop-off Program
Recycle food scraps, paper products, coffee grounds and more at Anoka County yard waste sites for FREE. When you participate in the organics recycling 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. Available to Anoka County residents only.
How is this program different?
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. This program accepts more items than could be composted in a backyard compost bin, such as citrus, meat, dairy and bones. Commercial or industrial composting facilities reach high temperatures to break down these materials and kill pathogens.
What are organics?
Organics are the portion of trash can be composted. This includes:
- all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food
- dirty non-recyclable papers such as pizza boxes, paper towels, napkins, and egg cartons
- certified compostable products such as compostable food ware and bags labeled with a Cedar Grove Composting of a Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
Why compost organics?
Organics make up 25% - 35% of what we throw away. Those materials can be separated from your garbage and regular recycling to be made into compost instead of being thrown away. Compost is a soil amendment that benefits all soil types and greatly improves moisture retention, soil structure and binds nutrients in the root zone for healthier plants.
It is used in landscaping and road construction projects for soil remediation, erosion control and seeding.
How do I sign up?
To get started with the County Drop-off Program...
- Please sign up using our online form. If you completed a sign-up form at one of the compost sites no need to complete our online form too. (Contact information is gathered so that we can notify you of updates or changes to the organics drop-off program.)
- Pick up a free starter kit at the compost sites during hours of operation or at our office located at 1530 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. Hours are: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30.
- Collect organic waste in a compostable bag and tie off the bag.
- Come to the compost site during hours of operation and place the bag in the container designated for organics recycling.
- Ask the monitor for more free BPI certified bags.
What is accepted?
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat, fish and bones
- Bread, pasta and baked goods
- Dairy products
Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper
- Food-soiled paper including pizza boxes, paper towels and paper napkins
- Facial tissue, tissue paper, paper egg cartons, fast food drink carriers and toilet paper and paper towel cores
- Certified compostable tableware, drinkware, napkins and serving ware.
Other compostable items
- Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
- Cotton balls and cotton swabs without chemicals
- Wood chop sticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks
- Floral trimmings and house plants
- Hair and nail clippings
- Plastic or plastic lined paper products – Styrofoam™, plastic bags, cartons, straws, butter packaging, hot and cold to-go cups, condiment packets, refrigerator or freezer boxes and k-cups
- Non certified compostable products – products labeled biodegradable, wax paper and parchment paper (some paper may look like only paper, but they can often be coated with plastic film)
- General recyclables – clean, uncoated paper; plastic, glass and metal food and beverage containers and cartons
- Foil lined products – chip bags, juice boxes and candy wrappers
- Products containing chemicals or synthetic fibers – dryer sheets, dryer lint, cleaning wipes and rags or cotton balls soaked in hazardous, corrosive or poisonous chemicals such as nail polish remover
- Pet or human waste products – pet waste, animal bedding, diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products
Drop off locations
Bunker Hills Compost Site
13285 Hanson Boulevard NW
One mile north of CSAH 14 (Main Street)
Turn east at stop light intersection of 133rd Avenue and Hanson Boulevard Compost site is one mile east of Hanson Boulevard on 133rd Avenue.
Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Compost Site
7701 Main Street
South of 35W off CSAH 14 (Main Street)
There is no exit from 35W to County Road 14. Use the Lake Drive (CSAH 23) exit from 35W and take Lake Drive north to Main Street. Use entrance to Wargo Nature Center.
*Sunset Closing Hours
Starting at the end of September, sunset occurs before 7 p.m. The compost sites are not equipped with lights. For the safety of our workers and customers we cannot allow access to the site after sunset. Please allow at least 15 minutes before closing time to pay for and unload your yard waste.
If you have questions about the new organics drop-off program call our office.
Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions Department
1530 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover, MN 55304
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm