Yard & Brush

Yard Waste Overview

Nearly every city in Southwest Minnesota has a yard waste drop off site. Yard waste, such as grass clippings, leaves and branches, is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into your yard or be used for compost.

Storm water that runs off driveways, lawns, and houses can carry pollutants into storm sewers, which flow directly into nearby lakes, streams, and rivers. By taking the following steps when managing your yard waste, you can help protect our water resources and wildlife habitat.

Yard Waste Tips

  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn: This practice will add valuable nutrients and can reduce the need for fertilizers.
  • Backyard composting: Use a compost bin for your garden, yard and food waste. More information about backyard composting can be found here: Guide to Start Composting in your Backyard
  • Curbside pick-up: Contact your waste hauler or city for information on options and material preparations.
  • Compost sites: Check with your city or waste hauler for options in your community. Some cities have small municipal drop-off sites and/or special collection days. Call for hours, special conditions, and fees.