Olmsted County operates a yard-waste compost site that accepts leaves, grass clippings and other acceptable items to help people who are unable to compost leaves and grass in their own yards.
There is no charge to drop off leaves and grass clippings at the Olmsted County Compost Site. The site is:
Finished compost can be purchased for a fee(85 KB) Monday through Saturday, at the Scale House at the Waste-to-Energy Facility located at 301 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester. Hours are 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM PLEASE NOTE: All vehicles must be loaded and out by 4:30 PM
Finished compost provides many benefits(82 KB) to gardens and landscaping projects.
Compost Purchase Prices:
- 5 gallon container (Customer loads & provides own container) $0.50 each
- Bulk, customer loads *By Contract or $25.00/ton
- Bulk, County loads, 10,000# GVW vehicles only *By Contract or $30.00/ton
Bulk compost loads will be loaded by appointment only between December 1st and April 1st. Please call 507 328-7070 at least five working days in advance.
To learn about composting in your own backyard visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/living-green/living-green-citizen/composting/start-composting-in-your-backyard.html
Christmas Trees are accepted during January, February and March each year. Each Spring the trees are chipped into mulch which is available free to the public for a limited time, while supply lasts. The Christmas tree mulch for 2014 is all gone.
Tree and Brush
Small quantities of trees and brush can be disposed at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus for a fee(85 KB).
For any additional questions please call 507 328-7070.