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Compost Site



Compost Pile

Yard Waste

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:

  • Located on the east side of Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester
  • Open 7 days a week during daylight hours
    for drop off.

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(112 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. 

Backyard Composting

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

Christmas Trees are accepted at the Compost site for no fee during January, February and March each year.  

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.

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