About the bins
The compost bins sold by Hennepin County are made of cedar and wire mesh. Bins are sold as a kit with all materials, hardware, and assembly and composting instructions included; some assembly required.
Kits are about 3' x 3' x 1'. Assembled bins are 3’ x 3’ x 3’.
Bins cost $50 each. Some assembly is required. Lids are available for an additional $10.
Bins are built by Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes crews, which is an on-the-job carpenter training program for low-risk offenders.
Cities have varying backyard composting ordinances; check with your city recycling coordinator about your local ordinance.
Purchase a bin kit
Pre-order a compost bin online.
Purchase a kit at an upcoming event:
Tuesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
Washburn High School
201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Backyard compost workshop
Also Tuesday, May 7, 5-6 p.m., Washburn High School
Sign up for the optional workshop when ordering the compost bin.
If you’d like to attend the workshop, but are not ordering a bin, register online at the Minneapolis Community Education website Minneapolis.ce.eleyo.com and then search “Backyard Composting”.
Thursday, May 9, 5-7 p.m.
Crystal Community Center
4800 Douglas Drive North
Crystal, MN 55429
St. Louis Park
Thursday, June 6, 5-7 p.m.
Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford St.,
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
The online order option will end 6 days prior to the event. You must submit a pre-order to get a bin; there will be no additional bins available for sale at the events.
Purchase a bin kit for pick up year round
Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park
Compost bins are for sale at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park, located at 8100 Jefferson Hwy, Brooklyn Park (map).
Bins are for sale during regular facility hours:
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed Mondays and Sundays
Pay at the facility; no pre-order needed.
Our policy is not to offer refunds for compost bins. However, if you have a question concerning your payment or wish to inquire about a potential refund, please call 612-348-3777.