The number one item in our trash is food and it’s finding its way to the landfill. That’s why nearly 8,000 Dakota County households have registered to participate in the free organics drop-off program. Across all eight locations, more than 10,000 pounds of food scraps and other compostable products are collected each week.
Bringing organics to a drop-off site is easy and can dramatically reduce waste. The typical household can divert up to one-third of trash by delivering items such as food scraps, spoiled produce, coffee grounds and bones. Instead of sitting in a landfill, this material is turned into compost — a nutrient-rich soil additive — used in gardening and landscaping.
Sites are located throughout the county — Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Rosemount and West St. Paul – with more sites opening this year.
Locations are open daily from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., unless noted below.
- Burnsville – Civic Center Park, 260 Civic Center Parkway
- Eagan – Holland Lake Trailhead, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 1100 Cliff Road
- Farmington Central Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive
- Hastings Transportation Shop, 900 County Road 47
- Lakeville Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Ave.
- Mendota Heights – Mendakota Park, 2171 Dodd Road
- Rosemount Public Works Facility, 14455 Brazil Ave.
- The Mulch Store, 16454 Blaine Ave. E (Empire Township), Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday hours vary seasonally. Check The Mulch Store website or call 651-423-4401.
- West St. Paul – Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Road
Partially funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Dakota County.