Compost Site


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: 507 328-7090
Compost Site Hours: Open seven days a week during daylight hours
Department Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (except for holiday closings 160 KB

Physical Distancing

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.

Grass Clippings - Benefits Of Mulching At Home

Leaves - Benefits Of Mulching At Home 

  • You save gas, time, and money 

Leaf Mulching Guide

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

Leaf mulching grid

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.

Backyard Composting

Yard Waste Drop-Off 

  • Suggested Donation Rate: $5.00



​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

Finished Compost 

Loading compost into a bucket 


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)

Bulk Orders

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. 

Invasive Species - Jumping Worms 

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. 

Download Flyer (1.83 MB)

Jumping worms flyer

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