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.