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:

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.

Food Scrap Drop Offs

Video: collecting food scraps for composting

Great tips on how to get started collecting food scraps for composting!

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
  • Outdoors
    Saturdays, May 29 through October 16
    Wednesdays, June 2 through August 25, 2021
  • On Facebook or call 231-881-1863

Petoskey Farmers Market

  • Fridays 8:30-1:00
  • Outdoors May 21 through September 24, 2021
  •, 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!


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