Yard Waste Study

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is currently studying residential yard waste management services and options, following survey input from 20 cities and communities throughout the county.

County Evaluating Yard Waste Options


Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is currently studying residential yard waste management services and options. To accomplish its goal, the project team surveyed municipal officials, spoke with municipal and private yard waste site operators in the county, and reviewed yard waste programs in communities in Minnesota and other states. 

The information collected includes the most commonly requested yard waste materials needing disposal, the amount of materials managed, how the materials are processed, and the factors influencing convenient services. 

For this study, yard waste is defined broadly as:

  • leaves
  • grass
  • brush 
  • garden waste
  • tree waste (such as branches, limbs, and logs)
  • lake weeks
  • seeds 
  • pinecones
  • other soft-bodied plant materials

The survey results from the 20 cities and communities that participated indicate there are gaps in convenient service for many county residents. While most residents have access to yard waste collection services, either publicly operated or privately owned, there exists a disparity in the location, travel time, materials collected, and cost of these services to residents.

A final report of the survey findings was presented to the county board in late September. The county will also seek public input on future yard waste management options. More information about the study’s progress will be posted to this page, including the dates, times, and locations of the open houses.