Food Scraps and Cooking Oils
- Hack Your Food! Reduce Food Waste at Home and Save Money
- Home Food and Yard Waste: Composting it is easy
- Food Scraps Drop-off (for composting)
- Commercial Food Waste Collection Service
- “Digesting” (an alternative to composting for 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
- 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.
- Sale of tools for food waste recycling including compost bins and backyard digesters, .
- Food scrap drop-off carts at our Pleasantview Drop-off Center (Monday-Saturday) and farmers markets.
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
Home Composting Bins at Wholesale Prices
For information on the bins we have available at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center, click here.
Not prepared to compost at home? Bring us your food scraps at one of the drop-off locations below and we’ll compost them at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.
Pleasantview Drop-off Center
- All Year Round
- Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00
- Saturday 8:00-3:00
COVID19 Note: Both farmers markets require social distancing and face masks (except on children under two, those with breathing challenges, and those who might not be able to remove a mask). Contact the markets for updates on the precautions they are taking
Harbor Springs Farmers Market
- Wednesday and Saturday 9:00-1:30
- May 23- October 17, 2020
- On Facebook or call 231-881-1863
Petoskey Farmers Market
- Fridays 8:30-1:00
- June 12 to Setpember 25, 2020
- PetoskeyChamber.com, 231-347-4150, and on Facebook
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!
- 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