State law prohibits putting brush, tree and yard waste in your garbage, (Minnesota Statutes § 115A.931). “Yard waste” includes garden wastes, leaves, lawn cuttings, weeds, shrub and tree waste, and prunings. Your garbage hauler may offer separate yard waste collection services.
Mulching naturally fertilizes and strengthens the lawn to make it more resistant to disease. Simply mow and leave the clippings where they lay. No cost, no bagging, no hauling.
In addition to curbside pickup of garbage and recyclables, your garbage hauler may offer curbside pickup of yard waste.
Anoka County has two compost sites available to its residents: Bunker Hills Compost Site in Coon Rapids and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Site in Lino Lakes. You must show proof of residency to use these sites. Residents may drop off yard and tree waste. The compost sites are a good option when you have large quantities of leaves or grass clippings that you are unable to compost or leave on your lawn at home.
Leaves & Grass (and other non-woody yard waste)
The following materials can be mixed together and are charged the same rate: acorns, garden waste, grass clippings, leaves, pine cones and needles, sod (residential quantities), soft-bodied green plants, and weeds. Leaves and grass must be debagged. Please unload your yard waste and take your bags or containers home. Even paper or other compostable bags need to be debagged and brought home. Reusable alternatives to bags that work well are plastic garbage cans or tarps. One (1) cubic yard is approximately equal to eight (8) yard waste bags.
The following materials are considered tree waste: brush, evergreen boughs, logs, shrub trimmings, stumps. The price depends on the size and amount of the material. The loads are measured to determine the quantity that is being dropped off. Tree waste may be loose or bundled. The more compact you make your load, the lower the fee.
Branches/trunks/logs, 6 in. or less in diameter
Branches/trunks/logs, 6 -18 in. in diameter
Branches/trunks/logs, 18 in.+ in diameter
Stumps, 1-36 in. in diameter
Stumps, 36 in.+ in diameter
Dirty loads, loads with materials mixed together
Christmas trees (decorations removed)
You may also take free finished, unscreened compost from the sites when it is available. Call 763-767-7964 for compost availability. Remember to bring your own shovel and containers. Screened compost and various mulches are for sale at the Bunker Hills site only.
Reduce Yard Waste Production
Limit your selection to trees of reliable hardiness in your area. Planting species appropriate for Anoka County soil is the best way to reduce tree and brush waste. Anoka County Extension Service offers information about appropriate species to plant. Visit the University of Minnesota Extension Service or contact the Anoka County office at 763-755-1280 and Anoka County Conservation District at 763-434-2030.