Food Waste and Cooking Oils
- Commercial Food Waste: give scraps a future!
- Home Food and Yard Waste: Composting it is easy!
- “Digesting”–the up and coming way to handle food and PET waste at home!
- Cooking Fats, Oils and Greases
Give All Food A Future
40% of food in the United States goes to waste! The waste begins on farms, continues in transport and processing of food, and peaks at retail and restaurant facilities, but it doesn’t stop there: Americans waste the equivalent of one of every four bags of groceries they bring home. Fortunately there are lots of easy, money-saving ways to
- reduce your food waste,
- reclaim food that might otherwise go to waste and/or
- recycle food scraps at home.
To spread the word Emmet County Recycling is asking you to “Give All Food A Future.” With a grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation we will reach out with the following beginning in the spring of 2017:
- Sale of of tools for food waste recycling including compost bins and backyard digesters, starting with a truckload sale on Earth Day (see below for more details).
- 600 kitchen-scrap collection caddies to be given away to those pledging to reduce food waste. The caddy will come with a tool kit on how to reduce food waste.
- Food scrap drop-off locations at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market (Wednesdays), Petoskey Farmers Market (Fridays), and at our Pleasantview Drop-off Center (Monday-Saturday)
Of course, to “close the loop” and benefits gardens, compost will be available for sale bagged and in bulk at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.
Tools for Managing Food Waste at Home
Caddies: Kitchen Collection Bins
Food Scrap Drop-off at the Farmers Markets
At both the Harbor Springs (Wednesdays) and Petoskey Farmers Markets, we will be giving away kitchen collection caddies with a signed pledge to reduce food waste- while supplies last. Also at the farmers markets, we will be collecting food scraps from residents for composting. To close the loop from table to farm back to table, we will be selling Emmet County’s Black Gold Compost as well.
Petoskey Farmers Market
June 16-Sept 29
Harbor Farmers Market (Wednesdays)
May 27-Aug 30
Compost for Sale
Please visit our compost page
Bins for Sale
All items from our 2017 Earth Day Sale–shown below– are still available at these great low prices
at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays (closed Sundays and major holidays)
Recycle Cooking Oil and Fats
- Cooking oil
- Fat, including raw trimmings
- Grease from cooking
Motor oil, lubricating greases
Cooking oil and grease are accepted at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center in the black bin over by the Garbage Gobbler.
- Collect your fats, oil and greases in an unbreakable container with a lid
- Once the container is full, bring it to the Drop-off Center
- Empty the contents into the black cooking oil recycling bin
- Take the container home to reuse, or recycle it