A new residential organics drop-off site will open Sept. 10 at the Farmington Central Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive, Farmington. Dakota County residents can bring organics, such as food scraps and paper towels, to the site for free. All registered participants receive free compostable bags to use at home and helpful tips. Sign up by visiting the Organics Drop-off page, calling 952-891-7557, or emailing email@example.com.
Unlike backyard composting, all food scraps — including meat, bones and dairy products — are accepted. The Mulch Store, a commercial compost facility, processes the materials at higher temperatures to kill bacteria and turns them into compost.
Since opening the first site in 2016, more than 7,000 Dakota County households have registered for the program. Across the seven current locations, more than 10,000 pounds of food scraps are kept out of the landfill each week.