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 SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-331-4610
www.skbinc.com/our-locations/malcolm.html

  • Fee: $9 drop fee + $10 per cubic yard 
  • Open to the public
  • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (all year)
  • Saturday 7 a.m. - noon (April-November only)

Ceres Mulch

3825 85th Ave 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.-5 p.m.

Maple Grove Yard Waste Site

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

  • 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 11 a.m. - 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

For hours at each location, visit The Mulch Store website

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

Shop building northwest of City Hall
2052 County Road 24, Medina
763-473-4643
medinamn.us/city-brush-composting-piles/

  • 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
eminnetonka.com/in-your-home/leaves-brush-and-more

  • Minnetonka residents only
  • Open April to November

City of Plymouth Yard Waste Site

14900 23rd Avenue N., Plymouth, MN 55447
763-509-5950
www.plymouthmn.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-disposal/yard-waste-site

  • 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
www.stlouispark.org/services/garbage-recycling/yard-waste

  • 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

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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