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 have been reaching out with the following:

  • 24 great tips for reducing your food waste at home. See our “Hack Your Food! Save Food Save Money” page.
  • FREE kitchen-scrap collection caddies to be given away to those pledging to reduce food waste. The caddy comes with a toolkit on how to reduce food waste.
  • Sale of tools for food waste recycling including compost bins and backyard digesters, .
  • Food scrap drop-off locations at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market (Wednesdays only), 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

FREE while supplies last!  Use this handy caddy to collect food scraps in your kitchen for transfer to your home compost pile or one of our Drop-off locations (listed below).  It has a vented lid and extra smooth interior to minimize odors and the lid comes off for easy cleaning.  Stop by our office in the Emmet County Building (200 Division Street, Suite G-76, Petoskey) to get yours or follow our Facebook to see where we’ll be giving them away next!

Home Composting Bins at Wholesale Prices


For information on the bins we have available at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center, click here.

Food Scrap Drop-offs

Not prepared to compost at home? Bring us your food scraps and we’ll compost them at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.
Winter 2019 Drop-off Locations

Petoskey Farmers Market
Fridays- 10:00-1:00

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

Compost for Sale!

Close the loop:  give your plants some of the compost produced from area food scraps!  Visit our compost page for all the details!


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