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:
- recycle food scraps with Emmet County Recycling.
- recycle food scraps at home
- reclaim or redirect food that might otherwise go to waste and/or
- reduce your food waste
To make it easy to get started, we have developed the following (with support from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation):
- 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,
- 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 Drop-off Center, click here.
Drop-off Food Scraps for Composting
- Fruits & vegetables
- Meat, fish, & bones
- Milk & cheese
- Pasta, bread, & rice
- Nuts and nut shells
- Paper napkins & paper plates
- Greasy paper bags and pizza box liners
- Plastic items unless they are specifically labelled “BPI certified compostable”
- No twist ties
- No stickers or labels
- No wrappers
- No frilled toothpicks
Pleasantview Drop-off Center
- All Year Round
- Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00
- Saturday 8:00-3:00
2023 Harbor Springs Farmers Market
- Saturdays May 27th - October 21st
- Wednesdays May 31st - August 30th
- Contact via Facebook or call 231-881-1863
2023 Petoskey Downtown Farmers Market
- Fridays May 26th - September 29th
- 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
- For more information, contact via PetoskeyChamber.com, 231-347-4150, or 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
- Cooking oil
- Fat, including raw trimmings
- Grease from cooking
Motor oil, lubricating greases
Cooking oil and grease are accepted at the Pleasantview 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