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Yard, garden and tree waste can be recycled into compost. In fact, putting it in your garbage is illegal in Minnesota. Leaves, grass and plant trimmings, along with some types of food waste, can be combined in a backyard compost bin to create a valuable soil additive for your lawn and garden. That is recycling at its best! Later use the finished compost to improve your soil or as mulch around plants.

If you don’t plan on composting in your backyard or simply don’t have the space, check with your garbage hauler to see if they offer yard waste pick-up service, or you can drop off your yard and garden waste at the nearest compost site listed below.


Public Drop Off Sites

The Environmental Center yard waste bunker is open to residents and businesses year round. For hours of operation, yard waste fees and delivery instructions, visit the Environmental Center page.

Environmental Center
116 Peavey Circle
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 361-1800 or (952) 361-1835

City Compost Sites, Drop-Off Sites & Events

The following cities provide yard waste disposal to their residents. Cities who operate a compost site manage material on-site while the cities who offer a drop-off location utilize roll off boxes to transport material to a processing facility. Please contact your city to inquire about location, hours of operation and delivery instructions.

Please note: Because city resources are used to operate the following sites, residents MUST live within city limits of the collection city to utilize the site.

City of Chaska
725 1st St W, Chaska (Athletic Park)
(952) 448-9200
Type: Seasonal Events
Please note: Chaska Residents ONLY
 

City of Cologne
304 Louis St W, Cologne
(952) 466-2064
Type: Year Round Drop-off Site
Please note: Cologne Residents ONLY

City of Hamburg
15405 Vera Ave, Hamburg
(952) 467-3232
Type: Seasonal Drop-off Site
Please note: Hamburg Residents ONLY

City of Mayer
15300 Co Rd 30, Mayer
(952) 657-1502
Type: Year Round Compost Site
Please note: Mayer & New Germany Residents ONLY

City of New Germany
15300 Co Rd 30, Mayer
(952) 353-1781
Type: Year Round Compost Site
Please note: New Germany & Mayer Residents ONLY

City of Norwood Young America
640 Tacoma Ave, NYA
(952) 467-1800
Type: Year Round Compost Site
Please note: NYA Residents ONLY
 

City of Victoria
1416 Steiger Lake Ln, Victoria
(952) 443-4210
Type: Seasonal Drop-off Site
Please note: Victoria Residents ONLY

City of Waconia
310 10th St E, Waconia
(952) 442-2184
Type: Seasonal Drop-off Site
Please note: Waconia Residents ONLY

City of Watertown
700 Lewis Ave N, Watertown
(952) 955-2681
Type: Year Round Compost Site
Please note: Watertown Residents ONLY

Private Compost Sites

The following compost sites are owned and operated by private entities and are open to residents and businesses year round. Please call ahead to inquire about disposal fees, hours of operation and delivery instructions. 

Rumpca Companies
4220 Co Rd 10 N
Watertown, MN 55388
(651) 459-1556
 
The Mulch Store Shakopee (SET)
14800 Johnson Memorial Dr (Hwy 169)
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 445-2139
 
SMSC Organics Recycling Facility
1905 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 403-7030
 
The Mulch Store Minnetrista (SET)
4275 Creek View Circle
Minnetrista, MN 55364
(952) 446-1056

Helpful Information

Compostable Bag Law
Did you know? Per State law, residents in the Twin Cities area who bag their yard and organic waste are required to put their waste out for pickup in compostable bags–either paper bags or compostable plastic bags. Plastic bags can be used when delivering yard and organic waste to a drop-off site, however, material must be de-bagged. Plastic bags should be reused or disposed of through residential garbage service.

Christmas Trees
Carver County offers several no charge options for recycling your real Christmas tree. Visit the Christmas Trees page for more information.

Compost Bins
Compost bins can be purchased seasonally at the Environmental Center and Douglas Kugler Eco-Site. Visit the Items for Sale page for more information.

You can find more information about yard waste at www.rethinkrecycling.com.