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 incarcerated men and women.
Cities have varying backyard composting ordinances; check with your city recycling coordinator about your local ordinance.
Purchasing a bin
Pre-order a compost bin to pick up at one of these events.
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.
Thursday, May 10
Crystal Community Center
4800 Douglas Drive North
Crystal, MN 55429
Saturday, May 19
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Washburn High School
201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Also on May 19 at Washburn High School
Backyard compost workshop
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, search for "Backyard Composting".
Tuesday, May 22
St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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.