Yard waste

We collect yard waste from mid-April through mid-November, depending on the weather. Learn what’s accepted and how to prepare yard waste for pickup.

About yard waste service

Yard waste collection began the week of April 5, 2021 and will end the week of November 15, 2021. 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; and it is illegal to use a traditional plastic bag for yard waste picked up at your home.

See Minnesota Statute 115A.931 Yard Waste

Collection requirements

reusable container for yard waste storage
  • 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.
    • 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.

We accept

small bundle of sticks wrapped with twine
  • Acorns
  • 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
  • Hay
  • Leaves
  • Mulch (no dirt or soil)
  • Pine cones
  • Pine needles
  • Prunings from bushes or trees
  • Tree bark
  • Tree debris
  • Twigs
  • 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
  • Sawdust
  • Sod
  • Stumps
  • Trees

For other disposal options for yard waste, see Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide

Pickup issues

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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Solid Waste & Recycling

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Phone

612-673-2917

Address

Eastside Maintenance Facility

2635 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.