Yard Waste & Community Compost Sites

Minnesota law forbids the landfilling of yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings and brush. Minnesotans are encouraged to compost yard waste at home, or bring yard waste to a community compost site.

Composting is a process that uses water, air and naturally occurring microbes to convert organic matter into a valuable resource. Added to gardens or placed at the base of trees and shrubs, compost contains essential nutrients for healthy plant growth, acts as a soil conditioner, helps the soil to hold moisture better and prevents erosion.

A backyard compost pile can be easily constructed and maintained. For information on backyard composting and options for building compost structures, visit the following websites:

Composting 101 (SWMCB)
Reduce your Organic Waste by Composting (MPCA)
Start Composting in your Backyard (MPCA)
Backyard Composting (University MN Extension)
IN DEPTH Composting and Mulching(University MN Extension)
Create Your Own Compost Pile (EPA)

Rice County Solid Waste Department: Hours for the compost site are the same as the Solid Waste Facility

For other locations, please call:

Faribault -- (507) 334-2222
Lonsdale -- (507) 744-2327
Morristown -- (507) 685-2302
Northfield -- (507) 645-8833