Your go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive tree pest that has reached parts of Minnesota. A quarantine is in effect in Ramsey and Hennepin counties to help slow the spread of EAB. Visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or contact your county (see links at right) for more information.
Yard waste includes tree branches, grass clippings, plant clippings, and any other organic material that grows in your yard. Yard waste is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into your yard or be recycled into compost.
Putting yard, garden and tree waste in your garbage is illegal in Minnesota. There are many options to recycle your yard waste.
Composting is recycling at its best! Leaves, grass and plant trimmings can be combined with fruit and vegetable scraps in a compost bin. Use the finished compost to improve your soil or as mulch around plants. Learn more about composting in our Backyard Composting Guide.
Contact your hauler or county for information on pick-up options. Your hauler may collect yard waste for a fee and bring it to a commercial compost site.
Another option is to deliver your yard and garden waste to the nearest compost site. Contact your hauler, city or county for drop-off site locations, items accepted and any fees involved. Many of these sites are only open seasonally.
Bonus: you also can get garden-ready compost at many of these sites.
Residents in the Twin Cities area who bag their yard and organic waste are required to put their waste out for pick-up in compostable bags, which includes paper bags or certified-compostable plastic bags. Learn more about the compostable bag requirements.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn to eliminate or reduce the need for fertilizers. Sweep up grass on sidewalks and driveways so it doesn’t wash down storm drains.
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 12 PM – 6 PM Fri. 10 AM – 4 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 11 AM – 5 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Does not Accept:
► Business hazardous waste ► Construction & demolition debris ► Furniture ► Mattresses & box springs ► Trash/garbage ► Wood (other than tree debris)