Organics Recycling/Composting

Collect food and non-recyclable paper from your kitchen, place them into biodegradable bags, and bring them to the Northfield Compost Site.

Acceptable items

  • All food products can be composted including
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Dairy
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
  • Non-recyclable paper including
  • Paper towels
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Pizza boxes

Unacceptable items

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Diapers
  • Pet waste

Compost Site

  1. Address

    Northfield Compost Site
    1801 Armstrong Road
    Northfield, MN 55057


    Open April 11 to November 19, 2023

    • Monday, closed
    • Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or sunset)
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or sunset)
    • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (or sunset)
    • Holidays, closed

    If sunset occurs before the closing time, the site will close due to darkness. The compost site does not have lights.


    Follow the signs or ask the attendant where to dump items. There are separate areas for branches, yard waste, perennial flowers and organic recycling (food waste).

    Dump organics recycling in the marked container.

    Topsoil compost is available free to the public for use in your yard. You are responsible for loading and hauling.


    A railroad crosses in front of the entrance to the Compost Site. A train may periodically block the entrance and exit. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

    CP Rail 1-800-716-9132

Northfield Street Shop

An organics dumpster is also located on the east side of the Northfield Street Shop.

Northfield Street Shop
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

At-home organics recycling/composting

City of Minneapolis How To Start Collecting Organics

Dakota County’s Composting at Home

Hennepin County Organics recycling - setting up organics recycling at home and backyard composting


Save the food

Prevent food waste

Video: Why does half of America’s food go to waste, PBS News Hour

Food: Too Good To Waste, West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

Love Food, Hate Waste

I Value Food, Sustainable America