About yard waste service
Yard waste collection began the week of April 17, 2023 and will end the last week of November, 2023. Your garbage day the week of November 27 - December 1, 2023 was the final week for yard waste pickup in 2023.
If you have yard waste you'd like to get rid of before collection begins again next spring, you will need to bring it to a drop-off location.
Yard waste is picked up every week on your garbage pickup day during yard waste season.
Yard waste collection is included in the base fee for your Solid Waste & Recycling service. There's no extra charge for the collection of properly prepared yard waste. If you do not use the City's collection service, contact your hauler for information.
By state law, it's illegal to throw yard waste in the garbage. It is also illegal to use a traditional plastic bag for yard waste picked up at your home.
- Yard waste must be set out in reusable containers, compostable bags or in bundles secured with string or twine.
- Reusable containers must be 32–38 gallons in size and 26–32 inches high, with sturdy handles. Yard waste will not be collected from buckets, pails, collapsable containers, or containers with wheels.
- Kraft paper bags or compostable bags may be found at grocery, hardware or retail stores.
- Compostable plastic bags must have the BPI logo.
- Each container, bag or bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
- You must set yard waste at your collection point by 6 a.m. on your pickup day.
- Yard waste cannot be mixed with your organics recycling (compost). Learn why below
More about reusable yard waste containers
- If your yard waste container does not meet the collection requirements listed above, it may not be serviced.
- The City is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen reusable yard waste containers.
- You can request stickers for your reusable yard waste containers by contacting our office.
- Branches (less than 3 feet long and less than 3 inches in diameter)
- Brush (less than 3 feet long and less than 3 inches in diameter)
- Garden plants
- Grass clippings
- Mulch (no dirt or soil)
- Pine cones
- Pine needles
- Prunings from bushes or trees
- Tree bark
- Tree debris
- Vines (less than 3 feet long and less than 3 inches in diameter)
- Wood chips (no dirt or soil)
We do not accept
- Branches longer than 3 feet or wider than 3 inches in diameter
- Dirt or soil
- Pet waste
For other disposal options for yard waste, see Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide
If your yard waste is not set out for pickup properly, crews will attach a pink educational tag that describes the issue and how to fix it. If you don't fix the problem, we may add a fee to the property's utility bill.
If you have questions about the issue, contact us
Yard waste and organics recycling must be collected separately. This allows the compost facility to mix yard waste with organics at the needed ratio. If the materials are mixed when they arrive at the site, they have no way of knowing what the organics to yard waste ratio is.
Ways to reduce yard waste
- Create a low-maintenance yard. There are many alternatives to yards with large mowing spaces. Consider a no-mow lawn, pollinator habitat, creeping perennials or edible garden.
- Practice grasscycling. This means leaving grass clippings on the lawn to decompose. Grasscycling benefits your lawn and reduces the need to set yard waste out for collection.
- Compost in your backyard. Turn your yard waste into compost and use it to improve the quality of your soil and grow healthier plants.
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