It is illegal to put yard, garden, and tree waste into the garbage. Bring yard waste to a designated drop-off site, have it picked up by your trash hauler during seasonal yard waste collection, or compost yard waste at home.
Now open! Northern Yard Waste Site
Bring leaves, grass clippings, brush, tree waste, and other plant materials to the Northern Yard Waste collection site. The site is free and open to Washington and Ramsey County residents.
Northern Yard Waste Site
Winter Hours: December - March
- Items accepted from households only. No business waste.
- Bags of yard waste must be emptied on site and taken with you.
- Do not remove brush or tree waste from the yard waste site. Wood may be contaminated with emerald ash borer or other arboreal disease.
Leaves and Grass
- Grass clippings
- Lake weeds
- Garden waste
Brush and Tree Waste
- Branches and twigs
- Tree waste and shrubs
- No stumps
Organics- Keep organics separate from yard waste
- Food scraps
- Paper towels and tissues
- Sign up online & pick up a free organics start kit!
Backyard composting is a great way to turn waste from your yard and kitchen into a rich organic material that you can use to improve your soil.
Washington County residents can get $20 off backyard compost bins and rain barrels.
Some waste haulers pick-up yard waste at the curb. Contact your waste hauler for details.
Compostable Bag Requirements
Yard waste bagged for curbside pickup is required to be in compostable bags, available in both paper and plastic. Compostable bags are available at most home improvement, grocery, and hardware stores.
Residents who use yard waste carts provided by their hauler are not affected.