Organics Drop-off Program

New! Organics Recycling Drop-off Program at Anoka County Compost Sites

Recycle food scraps, paper products, coffee grounds and more at Anoka County yard waste sites for FREE.  When you participate in the organics recycling program, your food scraps and non-recyclable paper products will be recycled into compost at a commercial compost facility.  Compost is a valuable resource that improves soil, reduces erosion and decreases the need for fertilizers.  Available to Anoka County residents only. 

What are organics?

Organics include all food scraps, most non-recyclable and food-soiled paper and certified compostable products.  Organics recycling is one more way you can recycle; it is important to recycle organics to help Anoka County achieve our goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2030.

How is this program different?

This program is separate from the regular yard waste program for leaves, grass clippings and brush. Please do not mix yard waste with your food waste. This program accepts more items than could be composted in a backyard compost bin, such as citrus, meat, dairy and bones.  Commercial or industrial composting facilities reach high temperatures to break down these materials and kill pathogens. 

How does the program work?

  • Please sign up using our online form.  If you completed a sign-up form at one of the compost sites no need to complete our online form too.  (Contact information is gathered so that we can notify you of updates or changes to the organics drop-off program.)
  • Pick up a free starter kit at the compost sites during hours of operation (see below) or at our office located at 1530 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover.  Hours are: M - F 8:00 - 4:30.
  • Collect organic waste in a compostable bag and tie off the bag.
  • Come to the compost site during hours of operation and place the bag in the container designated for organics recycling.
  • Ask the monitor for more free BPI certified bags.
Click here for details on what is and is not accepted.

If you have questions about the new organics drop-off program call our office at 763-323-5730.

What is accepted?

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • Meat, poultry and fish including bones
  • Unpackaged condiments
  • Fruits, vegetables, peels, pits and rinds
  • Non-recyclable, uncoated paper products,
    ex. delivery pizza boxes, paper egg cartons
  • BPI certified paper plates, cups and utensils

Not Accepted

  • Clothing
  • Plastic
    - K-cups
    - Styrofoam™
    - Straws
    - Stickers on produce
  • Glass of any kind
  • Metal of any kind
    - Aluminum foil
    - Twist ties
  • All coated paper products which are not BPI certified
    - Fast food wrappers and boxes
    - Paper boats
    - Beverage cups
    - Milk and other beverage cartons
    - Candy wrappers
  • Wax paper and parchment paper
  • Diapers, diaper wipes, sanitary products and pet waste
  • Grease and oil

Look for these dumpsters and signage to drop off your compostable bag filled with your organic waste at either compost site.

Drop off locations

Bunker Hills Compost Site
13285 Hanson Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids
One mile north of CSAH 14 (Main Street)
Turn east at stop light intersection of 133rd Ave and Hanson Blvd.  Compost site is one mile east of Hanson Blvd on 133rd Ave.

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Compost Site
7701 Main St.
Lino Lakes

South of 35W off CSAH 14 (Main Street)
There is no exit from 35W to County Road 14. Use the Lake Drive (CSAH 23) exit from 35W and take Lake Drive north to Main Street.  Use entrance to Wargo Nature Center.
Hours for compost sites
*Sunset Closing Hours
Starting at the end of September, sunset occurs before 7 p.m.  The compost sites are not equipped with lights.  For the safety of our workers and customers we cannot allow access to the site after sunset.  Please allow at least 15 minutes before closing time to pay for and unload your yard waste.

Contact Us

Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions Department

1530 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, MN 55304
Ph: 763-323-5730
Fx: 763-323-5731
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Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm