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
Compost Site Hours: Open 7 days a week during daylight hours for yard waste disposal

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

​Every spring, the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) coordinates with a variety of organizations to sell rain barrels and compost bins at low cost to Minnesota residents. This year, the Environmental Resources Department has partnered with RAM to distribute the bins and barrels.

Step 1: Review Product Specifications

Step 2: Place Order

Compost bins and rain barrels are available for purchase via RAM's website (while supplies last). To purchase, click here>>>

If products are sold out, email to be placed on a waiting list. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Desired product - compost bin, rain barrel, or both
  • Desired quantity 

Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase a compost bin/rain barrel.

Step 3: Pick Up Your Bin/Barrel 

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bring your receipt/registration form.

Aerial view of Compost Site entrance
(Click photo to enlarge)

Compost Site *New Design*

The entrance is located on the south side of the Compost Site. 

Finished compost is available for pick-up on the north side of the Compost Site.

Donation boxes are available on-site for residents who wish to support the Compost Site's daily operations.

  • Suggested Donation Rates

    • Yard Waste Drop-Off: $5.00

    • Finished Compost:
      • $0.50/ 5-gallon bucket
      • $5.00/ car load
      • $20.00/ pickup or trailer load

An Olmsted County employee is available to load 10,000# (or greater) GVW vehicles for a fee of $15.00 per ton or $12.00 per cubic yard from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday. From December through March, this service is available by request only; residents should call 507 328-7070 to schedule an appointment.  

Compost Site Traffic Flow 

Yard Waste



​Apples​Blueberry Cane
​Garden Waste​Branches
  • Beans
  • ​Bean Vines
​Fireplace Ashes
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers
​Hedge Trimmings
  • Eggplants
​Pet Waste
  • Flowers
​Pine Needles
  • Loose Leaf Lettuce
​Raspberry Cane
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
​Saw Dust
  • Radishes
​Sweet Corn & Stalks
  • Roots (if not woody)
​Tree Bark
  • Strawberries
​Tree Shavings/ Ground-Up Stumps
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato Vines
​Noxious/ Invasive Weeds
  • Watermelon
​Wood Chips
  • Zucchini
​Hay (max of 10 clean bales)
  • Not to exceed 2ft x 2ft x 4ft per bale
​Sod & Uncontaminated Soil
  • Max of 8 cubic yards (free of rocks)
​Straw (max of 10 clean bales)
  • Not to exceed 2ft x 2ft x 4ft per bale

Christmas Tree Disposal

  • From December 26 - March 31, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Compost Site any day of the week during daylight hours. 

  • There is no disposal fee. 

  • Remember to remove the stand, ornaments, and lights. 

  • The Compost Site does not accept wreaths or artificial trees.

Backyard Composting

The University of Minnesota Extension and MN Pollution Control Agency have created detailed guides on backyard composting. 

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).