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Address: Across the street from the Hazardous Waste Facility - 305 Energy Parkway NE, Rochester, MN 55906(Formerly Silver Creek Road NE)Phone: 507 328-7070 Fax: 507 328-7090Compost Site Hours: Open seven days a week during daylight hoursDepartment Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (except for holiday closings 160 KB) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physically distance yourself at least 6 feet from others while dropping off yard waste or picking up compost to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Recycling your clippings to your lawn:
provides needed nutrients to your grass
reduces need for fertilizer applications
improves your soil
Benefits of Recycling Your Lawn Clippings - University of Minnesota Extension
You save gas, time, and money
Mulching your leaves onto your yard adds organic matter and nutrients to your lawn Recycling your clippings to you
University of Minnesota Extension -
Fall's burning question: Should I bag my leaves? Or mulch them
The grid below was featured in a 2016 Washington Post article, Stop Raking Your Leaves, by Christopher Ingraham.
The following mulching instructions were provided by Sam Bauer—a turfgrass researcher formerly with the University of Minnesota.
Grid Photo Credit: Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post
A. You could allow this many leaves to cover your lawn over winter, but they can be easily mulched before that.
B. This would be an easy amount to mulch.
C. This level could be mulched with a good mower. Consider mulching blades and close your mower’s side discharge.
D. This is too many leaves to mulch all at once. Consider removing 25% - 50% and mulching the rest. Or mulch first and rake up the excess.
University of Minnesota Extension and MN Pollution Control Agency have created detailed guides on backyard composting.
Finished compost is available for pick-up on the north side of the Compost Site. Bring a shovel to load your bucket, pickup truck, or trailer.
Donation boxes are available on-site for residents and businesses who wish to support the Compost Site's daily operations.
Suggested Donation Rates
$0.50/ 5-gallon bucket
$5.00/ car load
$20.00/ pickup or trailer Load
Benefits of Compost (581 KB)
April - November: An Olmsted County employee is available to load vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. (or greater) for a fee of $15.00 per ton or $12.00 per cubic yard from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday.
December - March: Bulk loading is available by request only; residents should call 507 328-7070 to schedule an appointment.
Jumping worms are an invasive species of earthworm that can strip nutrients from topsoil and damage the roots of plants in nurseries, gardens, and turf. Check your yard waste before bringing it to the Compost Site.
To date, jumping worms have not been found in the finished compost at the Compost Site.