Food Scraps

Cottage Grove is excited to offer food scraps recycling! The food scraps (organics) self-service drop-off site is now available for use behind the Cottage Grove Public Works building at 8635 West Point Douglas Road (see map below). The food scraps collected will be turned into compost. 

Food Scraps Drop Location

How It Works:

  1. Pick up your free collection container in the Public Works main entrance vestibule. 
  2. Collect your food scraps at home in the container using a compostable bag provided (i.e. not a plastic bag).
  3. Dispose of the populated bag at the drop-off site and grab another bag from the dispenser.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

More Information:

More than 1/3 of our trash is organic material that can be recycled into compost. Recycling food scraps is an easy way to reduce the amount of trash being sent to landfills. The Cottage Grove food scraps drop-off is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Compostable bags must be used - do not put plastic bags in the City's food scraps dumpster. Compostable bags come packed in your collection container and are available for free at the drop-off site. Please only take one bag per visit.

Fruits & Vegetables Plastic Bags
Meat, Fish, Poultry, & Bones Yard Waste
Cheese & Other Dairy Animal/Pet Waste, Litter, or Bedding
Eggs & Egg Shells Dead Animals
Bread, Pasta, Beans, & Rice Diapers
Nuts & Shells Cleaning or Baby Wipes
Coffee Grounds, Filters, & Tea Bags Dryer Line & Dryer Sheets
Paper Towels, Napkins, & Tissues Recyclable Items (cardboard, paper, metal, plastics, etc.)
Pizza Delivery Boxes Rubber
Paper Bags (soiled or not) Frozen Food Boxes

The Cottage Grove food scraps drop-off program is made possible by a recycling grant from Washington County. For more information on this program and other Washington County programs, please see the quick links section.


Contact Joe Fox, PE, City of Cottage Grove Project Engineer at 651-458-2826 or via email at