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

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. 

  • Wreaths, swags, boughs, and evergreen decorations should be placed in a bag and thrown in your garbage to prevent the spread of an invasive species known as the Elongate Hemlock Scale—a pest that feeds on conifer trees. Do not compost.

Invasive Species Alert - Jumping Worms 

Download Flyer (1.26 MB)

Jumping Worms Flyer
Precautions for Yard Waste Drop-off

  • Check leaf/grass piles before dropping them off at the Compost Site.

  • If Jumping Worms are found on your lawn or garden, don't move or transport any material from your site.

Precautions for Compost Customers

  • Inspect compost for Jumping Worms as you load it into your vehicle/trailer.

  • At home, inspect the compost as you are spreading it around your lawn or garden.

  • If you find Jumping Worms at home, destroy them by collecting them in a plastic container (with a lid) or Ziploc bag and throw them in the trash. Notify at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

  • If you find Jumping Worms in Olmsted County compost, call 507 328-7070 or email

  • Arrive clean and leave clean. Clear soil and debris from vehicles, equipment, and personal gear before moving to and rom a work or recreational area-they might contain Jumping Worms or their cocoons. 

Finished Compost

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 Drop-Off



​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

Backyard Composting

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

Tree and Brush Disposal

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