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Address: Across the street from the Hazardous Waste Facility - 305 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906Phone: 507 328-7070 Fax: 507 328-7090Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMCompost Site Hours: Open 7 days a week during daylight hoursEmail: email@example.com
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.
The grid above was featured in a 2016 Washington Post Article, Stop Raking Your Leaves, by Christopher Ingraham. The corresponding instructions were provided by Sam Bauer, a turf grass researcher formerly with the University of Minnesota.
Lawn A: You could allow this many leaves to cover your lawn over winter, but they can be easily mulched before that.
Lawn B: This would be an easy amount to mulch.
Lawn C: This level could be mulched with a good mower. Consider mulching blades and close your mower’s side discharge.
Lawn 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. Excess leaves can be composted at home. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and University of Minnesota Extension have great resources to help you get started.
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.
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 7:30 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 increase erosion. Check your yard waste before bringing it to the Compost Site.
To date, Jumping Worms have not been confirmed in the finished compost at the Compost Site.
Precautions for Yard Waste Drop-off
Precautions for Compost Customers
University of Minnesota Extension and MN Pollution Control Agency have created detailed guides on backyard composting.
Small quantities of tree waste and brush can be disposed at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus for a
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