Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

WLSSD's Food Waste Drop Sites


FREE food waste recycling is available at WLSSD's food waste drop sites. You can send less to the landfill and reduce odors in your garbage can by recycling food waste. WLSSD can compost all food waste—even meat, fish, small bones, and dairy products.

Food Waste

Close the Loop by recycling your food waste!

See our drop site brochure for more information on:

Have a special event coming up? Borrow our waste-free party kit and make your celebration Earth-friendly!

Compost happens! See how we make Garden Green Compost at WLSSD's Organics Composting Facility.

What Food Wastes You Can Recycle

YES! Bring these to the drop sites:                      NO! Don't bring these items:

  • Meat, fish, small bones
  • Spoiled or moldy food
  • Tea leaves & tea bags
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Fruits, vegetables, peels & pits
  • Cheese & butter
  • Baked goods, dough, pasta, rice
  • Old pet food
  • Anything that is/was edible
  • No plastic bags, containers, wrap
  • No pet waste or kitty litter
  • No diapers
  • No liquids
  • No dirt, stones, or rocks

Tips to Help You Collect Food Waste

  • Keep a food scrap container near the kitchen sink for easy access.
  • Wrap smelly food, such as fish, in newspaper. Freeze until you are ready to drop it off and place it, paper and all, in a compostable bag.
  • Prior to drop-off, all food waste must be placed in securely tied, compostable bags. Twist-ties are OK.
  • Compostable bags are provided free at WLSSD-staffed drop sites or can be purchased from these Duluth businesses:

    • Marshall Hardware
    • Twin Ports Paper & Supply
    • Whole Foods Co-op

  • Small-size bags fit inside 1-2 gallon scrap containers. Large-size bags fit inside kitty litter tubs and 5-gallon pickle buckets—perfect for freezer clean-outs!
  • Use WLSSD's Waste-Free Party Kit to collect food waste at parties, church suppers, family reunions, and holiday gatherings. It's free— just call 218-722-0761 to reserve a kit.

How to Drop Off Food Waste

  • At WLSSD facilities, check in with the site attendant for instructions and to obtain a new compostable bag for your next visit.
  • At neighborhood drop sites, oversight and instructions are provided by host businesses. Bags are available for purchase or may be provided by the host.
  • Secure your food waste in compostable bags, gently place in the drop site bin, and close the bin lid.
  • Never leave food waste outside of the bin.
  • For large amounts, please use the bins located at WLSSD's Materials Recovery Center or WLSSD's 27th Ave. W. facilities.

Where to Drop Off Food Waste

Location Hours

WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site
27th Ave. W. & Courtland St.

Seasonal Hours (mid-April - mid-November)
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon: 9 am - 5 pm
Tues through Thurs: Closed

WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Site
27th Ave. W & Courtland St.

Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sun through Wed: Closed
WLSSD Materials Recovery Center
Rice Lake & Ridgeview Rds.
Summer Hours (Apr - Oct)
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10 am - 5 pm
Fri and Sat: 8 am - 4 pm
Sun: Closed
Winter Hours (Nov - Mar)
Tues through Sat: 9 am - 3 pm
Sun, Mon: Closed
Marshall Hardware (parking lot behind store)
4415 E. Superior St.
Map It!
Tues: 6 am - 8 pm

Willard Munger Inn (parking lot)
7408 Grand Ave.
Map It!

Daily: 8 am - 8 pm
Bin is locked; combination is
provided to users.

Chester Creek Cafe (parking lot)
1902 E 8th St
Map It!

Daily: 7 am - 8 pm
Bin is locked; combination is
provided to users.

Why Recycle Food Waste

Separating food scraps from your garbage is easy. The valuable nutrients that remain in the food waste are recycled into compost. Also, you'll send less to the landfill and reduce odors in your garbage can. By composting food scraps, we "close the loop", making a great compost called Garden Green® to enrich the soil and grow more food!

Waste-Free Party Kits

Why not make your next special event waste-free? Use our FREE Waste-free Party kits:

  • We supply instructions, signs, containers and compostable bags.
  • You collect recyclables in one container and compostables in the other (food scraps and compostable plates, cups, napkins, utensils).
  • Kits transport easily in most cars.
  • A wide array of compostable serveware, from clear "plastic" cups to sturdy recycled paper plates and bowls is available locally.
  • Bring your bagged food waste to either WLSSD Food Waste Drop Site at the 27th Avenue West Household Hazardous Waste Facility or Yard Waste Compost Site or to the Materials Recovery Center at Rice Lake and Ridgeview Roads.
  • Recyclable materials can go into your home recycling bin or to the Materials Recovery Center.
  • Reserve a party kit by calling the WLSSD Hotline at 218-722-0761.