Recycle Your Household Food Scraps

Residents in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District can save money and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill by recycling food scraps. Food waste in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Food waste that is carefully composted produces a natural, humus-like product that is a valuable soil amendment.

WLSSD’s free Food Waste Drop sites

Collect kitchen scraps in compostable bags and deliver to several free drop sites located throughout the region. Drop site users find their household trash is greatly reduced (and smells a lot better too).

Free compostable bags are available from WLSSD at the Materials Recovery Center, Household Hazardous Waste facility, Yard Waste Site, and at the Administrative Offices, and most food waste drop sites. You can also purchase bags at many retailers locally.  Just be sure the bags you use are certified compostable and carry the seal of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

What’s the best set up to collect food scraps in my kitchen? There’s no single right answer, but these tips should get you started collecting food waste:

  • Use a covered container that still allows for air flow, such as an ice cream bucket with loose fitting top or air holes punched in the cover. Many companies make nice-looking, functional compost collectors that sit on the countertop with style.
  • Right-size the container to fit your needs. Food waste should be brought to a drop site or added to your own compost bin regularly to avoid odors and pests.
  • Utilize the refrigerator and/or freezer to store food waste if you can’t get to a drop site before it becomes a nuisance.

Do it yourself Backyard composting

Keep your food scraps to mix with yard waste in your own backyard and create your own custom compost!