Yard and tree waste disposal

Yard waste, such as grass clippings, leaves and branches, is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into your yard or be recycled into compost. It is illegal to put this kind of waste in your household garbage.

Yard and tree waste includes brush, garden debris, grass clippings, leaves, sod, logs, trees and stumps, both indoor and outdoor plants, mulch and wood chips. 

Four ways to manage yard waste: 

  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn: This practice will add valuable nutrients and can reduce the need for fertilizers.
  • Backyard composting: Use a compost bin for your garden, yard and food waste. More information about backyard composting can be found here:  www.hennepin.us/composting.
  • Curbside pick-up: Contact your waste hauler or city for information on options and material preparations. Find your city recycling contact.
  • Yard waste drop-off sites: See locations below. Call first for hours, special conditions and fees. Also check with your city or waste hauler for options in your community. Some cities cities have small municipal drop-off sites and/or special collection days. Note: Hennepin County does NOT operate a yard waste drop-off site.
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Yard waste drop-off sites open to all Hennepin County residents

Call before visiting these businesses for hours, materials they accept, requirements and fees.

SKB Malcolm Avenue Transfer Station

630 Malcolm Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-331-4610

  • Open to the public
  • Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. - noon (April-November only)

Maple Grove Yard Waste Site

10300 Maple Grove Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
763-420-4886

  • Maple Grove, Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Dayton, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, and New Hope residents at no charge. General public may have fees -- call first for fees. Rogers residents need a City Hall issued permit to dump.
  • Open April 1-November 30
  • Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday Noon - 7 p.m.

The Mulch Store

  • Locations in
    * Burnsville, 952-736-1915
    * Empire Township, 651-423-4401
    * Minnetrista, 952-446-1056
    * Shakopee, 952-445-2139
  • Open to the public
  • Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Yard waste drop-off sites open to residents of certain cities only

Call before visiting for hours, materials they accept, requirements and fees.

Golden Valley yard waste events

Parking lot at Brookview Park, south of Hwy 55 at Winnetka Ave, Golden Valley
763-593-8030

City of Medina Yard Waste Site

2052 County Road 24, Medina
763-473-4643

  • Medina and Loretto residents only
  • Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; remains open all weekend, Friday 7 a.m. - Monday 3:30 p.m.

City of Minnetonka Public Works

11522 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka
952-988-8400

  • Minnetonka residents only
  • Open April to November

City of Plymouth Yard Waste Site

14900 23rd Avenue N., Plymouth, MN 55447
763-509-5950

  • Plymouth residents only
  • Open April - November. Check website for hours and days open.
  • Accepted: Lawn rakings and thatch, leaves, soft vegetative garden waste, tree waste, brush, logs (no size maximum) and diseased trees.
  • Not accepted: Stumps, grass clippings, lumber, sod, soil, rocks, dirt or Christmas trees.

St. Louis Park Brush Drop-Off Site

2501 Edgewood Avenue S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-924-2562

  • St. Louis Park residents only
  • Open seasonally (call or visit website for hours) 
  • Accepted: woody vegetation, including brush and logs
  • Not accepted: grass clippings and leaves

Compostable bag requirements

Residents in Hennepin County who bag their yard and organic waste are required to put their waste out for pickup in compostable bags. Acceptable bags include either paper (Kraft) bags or compostable plastic bags. Residents who use yard waste carts or who deliver and dump out their yard waste at compost sites are not affected.

Plastic bags at composting facilities are problematic because the plastic must be separated from the waste, which is expensive, and some plastic may still end up in the compost, which decreases the quality of the compost. Using compostable bags reduces processing costs and enhance the quality of the finished compost.

Compostable plastic bags are distinct from regular plastic bags because they are usually clear or a translucent shade of green or white. Most home improvement, grocery, and hardware stores now carry them.

Learn more about compostable bag requirements and get answers to frequently asked questions on RethinkRecycling.com.

Disposing of ash tree waste

The emerald ash borer is a destructive tree pest that attacks and kills ash trees. To prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, a quarantine is in place for Hennepin County that prohibits hauling ash tree waste out of the county.

How do I dispose of ash tree waste?

Ash tree waste should be taken to the closest disposal site to minimize the spread of the emerald ash borer. Some yard waste haulers and sites cannot accept ash tree waste. See the list of ash tree waste disposal sites.

What can I do to prevent emerald ash borer from spreading?

Take these steps to keep emerald ash borer from spreading:

  • Don't transport firewood.
  • Don't bring firewood along on a camping trip.
  • Buy the wood you need locally from an approved vendor.
  • Don't bring extra wood home with you.
  • Do not dig up any ash tree within Hennepin County and the surrounding quarantine area and replant outside the quarantine area.
  • Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees. The earlier that emerald ash borer is found, the sooner it can be addressed.

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