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Compost facilities

Compost facility

A composting facility is substantially different from a backyard compost pile. Large-scale compost facilities closely monitor and have practices in place to ensure conditions are ideal for composting. Waste entering the facility and finished compost are tested so finished compost is safe and the environment is protected. 

Rules and regulations

To operate a compost facility in Minnesota, you must have a solid waste facility permit. The application form, instructions, and checklists are available from MPCA's Solid Waste Permit Application webpage.

Yard waste facilities

Yard waste includes garden waste, leaves, lawn clippings, weeds, shrub and tree waste, and pruning. These materials have been banned from Minnesota landfills since 1992. Owners or operators of a new yard waste facility need to fill out a permit-by-rule notification form and are responsible for following Minnesota's compost rules.

Home backyard compost bins are not regulated by the MPCA. Check with your community about local ordinances or requirements.

Source-separated organics collection

Collecting compostable material such as food scraps and non-recyclable paper is becoming more common. Some communities offer curbside organics collection or drop-off locations for residents. A growing number of businesses, organizations, and schools are also participating in organics collection. To collect organics that will be transferred to a commercial composting site, complete the notification form:

List of permitted compost sites

For operating hours and what materials are accepted, contact the facility directly.

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Other compost sites

Increasing numbers of communities are testing or implementing programs to divert the entire organic waste stream, not just yard waste for composting. The MPCA has permitted the following solid waste/food waste facilities listed below:

  1. Prairieland Solid Waste Management: 801 E. 5 th St. N., Truman, MN 56088.
  2. Swift County Compost/ Recycling Facility: Benson, MN 56215, Scott Collins 320-843-2356
  3. Empire Processing Facility: 16454 Blaine Ave., Rosemount, MN 55068, Kevin Tritz, 952-946-6999.
  4. Creekside Organic Material Processing: 111 Hassan St. SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350.
  5. WLSSD Source Separated Compost Facility: 2626 Courtland St., Duluth, MN 55806, Kurt Soderberg 218-722-3336.
  6. Dodge County Transfer and MSW Compost Facility: 22 6th Street E, Mantorville, MN 55955.

Other Minnesota state agencies have rules concerning composting:

  1. Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulates composting of farm animal mortalities. See Minn. Rules 1719.4000 Exit to Web

  2. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has specifications for the quality and use of compost for its turf establishment projects. See MnDOT Standard and Specification for Construction, specification 3890.

  3. Minnesota Department of Agriculture regulates the labeling and fees of compost sold as fertilizer. See Minn. Rules 1510.0430 - 1510.0434 Exit to Web



For more information

Metro county organic collection and compost programs reports Exit to Web

For more information about composting community yard waste and solid waste material, contact:

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