Yard Waste & Community Compost Sites

Several options exist for county residents to properly dispose of yard waste. The following locations will accept yard waste, including items such as leaves, brush, grass clippings, branches.  Compostable bags are acceptable. Material in plastic bags must be removed. Any questions can be directed to the following locations.

Community Compost sites: (Seasonal)
  • Faribault, 214 NE 14th Street, (507) 334-2222
  • Northfield, 1801 Armstrong Road, (507) 645-8833
  • Lonsdale, 7480 Garfield Avenue, (507) 744-2327
  • Morristown, 24501 Hamel Trail, (507) 685-2302
Rice County Landfill & Recycling Center:

Minnesota law forbids the landfilling of yard waste. 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)