Food Scraps and Cooking Oils

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
  • recycle food scraps with Emmet County Recycling.

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 are reaching out with the following:

  • Sale of of tools for food waste recycling including compost bins and backyard digesters, starting with a truckload sale on Earth Day 2017 (although the sale is over, we still have the bins in inventory).
  • FREE kitchen-scrap collection caddies to be given away to those pledging to reduce food waste. The caddy comes with a tool kit on how to reduce food waste.
  • Food scrap drop-off locations at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Petoskey Farmers Market (Fridays), Old Town Emmet Market (Saturdays) and at our Pleasantview Drop-off Center (Monday-Saturday)

Of course, to “close the loop” and benefits gardens, compost is 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 Saturdays) and Petoskey Farmers Markets (Fridays), we collect food scraps from residents for composting. To close the loop from table to farm back to table, we sell Emmet County’s Home Grown Compost as well.

Harbor Springs Farmers Market
May 26th-October 13th
Wednesdays only- 9:00-1:00

Petoskey Farmers Market
June 15peth- September 28th
Fridays- 8:30-1:00

Pleasantview Drop-off Center
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00
Saturday 8:00-3:00

Old Town Emmet Market
June 16th- October 6th
Saturdays- 9:00-1:00

 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)



 Click here to learn about food waste digesters

Recycle Cooking Oil and Fats


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  • Fat, including raw trimmings
  • Grease from cooking

But NO:

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.



  1. Collect your fats, oil and greases in an unbreakable container with a lid
  2. Once the container is full, bring it to the Drop-off Center
  3. Empty the contents into the black cooking oil recycling bin
  4. Take the container home to reuse, or recycle it