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 yard waste in your household garbage.

Options for managing yard waste are listed below. 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.

Note: Hennepin County does NOT operate a yard waste drop-off site.

SKB Malcolm Avenue Transfer Station

630 Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-331-4610
www.skbinc.com/our-locations/malcolm.html

  • Open to the public.
  • Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (year round)
  • Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon (April–November)
  • Fees vary.
  • Soil accepted with prior approval.

Ceres Mulch

3825 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
763-425-8822
www.ceresenvironmental.com/material-recycling/ceres-mulch.asp

  • Open to the public.
  • Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (seasonal)
  • Fees vary.
  • Call first for guidelines.

Maple Grove Yard Waste Site

10300 Maple Grove Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
763-420-4886
www.mgyardwaste.com/

  • Open to residents of Maple Grove, Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Dayton, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, and New Hope residents at no charge.
  • Residents of Rogers need a City Hall permit to dump.
  • Site open to residents of other cities and commercial customers for a fee.
  • Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (April 1–November 30)
  • See the website for a complete list of guidelines.

The Mulch Store

4275 Creek View Circle, Minnetrista, MN 55331
952-446-1056

1030 West Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337
952-890-9375

14800 Johnson Memorial Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-2139

mulchstoremn.com

  • Open to the public
  • For hours at each location, visit the website or call the location.
  • Fees for residents vary. See website.
  • The Mulch Store accepts yard waste, wood waste, soil, and sod only.

Disposing of ash tree waste

All ash trees in Hennepin County are threatened by the emerald ash borer, 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 and surrounding counties that prohibits hauling ash tree waste out of the quarantine area.

Disposing 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.

Preventing the spread of the emerald ash borer

Take these steps to help prevent emerald ash borer from spreading:

  • Don't transport firewood. Buy firewood locally from an approved vendor, and don't bring any extra wood home with you.
  • Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees. The earlier that emerald ash borer is found, the sooner it can be addressed. Learn more about the signs if emerald ash borer infestation and management options for ash trees in the county's emerald ash borer brochure (PDF).
  • Only prune ash trees during the season when emerald ash borer is not active, which is from October 1 to April 30. Remember to dispose of any ash tree waste at the closest disposal site.

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