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Suite 200
Rochester, MN 55904
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Compost Site


Address: Across the street from the Hazardous Waste Facility
(305 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN  55906)
Phone: 507 328-7070         Fax: 507 328-7090
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Facility Hours: Open 7 days a week during daylight hours for yard waste disposal
Email: pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us

Seasonal Update - Christmas Tree Recycling

Through March, you can dispose of your Christmas tree at the Olmsted County Compost Site any day of the week during daylight hours.  There is no charge to drop off your tree, just remember to remove the stand, ornaments, and lights.  The Compost Site does not accept wreaths or artificial trees. 

Compost Site Picture 

Yard Waste

Olmsted County operates a yard-waste compost site that accepts leaves, grass clippings, and several other forms of yard waste.

  • There is no charge to drop off approved yard waste.
  • Finished compost provides manybenefits (138 KB) to gardens and landscaping projects.
  • Before you drop off yard waste, please see our list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

 Acceptable and Unacceptable Snip.PNG

Purchasing Compost
Finished compost can be purchased for a fee (160 KB) Monday through Saturday, 7:30 AM- 4:30 PM at the Waste-to-Energy Facility Scale House located at 301 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester. 

  • Vehicles must be loaded and out by 4:30 PM 
  • Customers load their own compost and provide their own containers
  • $0.50 per 5 gallon container
  • $25.00 per ton
  • From April through November, an Olmsted County employee is available to load 10,000# (or greater) GVW vehicles for a price of $30.00 per ton from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM Monday - Friday.  This service is available upon request only.  If interested, call 507 328-7070 in advance to schedule a load.

Backyard Composting

Click here to visit the MN Pollution Control Agency website to learn about composting in your own backyard. 

Tree and Brush

Small quantities of tree waste and brush can be disposed at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus for a fee(160 KB).

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