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 763-324-3495 and Anoka County Conservation District at 763-434-2030.
State law prohibits putting 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.
Anoka County has 2 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 leaves and grass at no charge. Fees apply for 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.