International Compost Awareness Week
International Compost Awareness Week is a great opportunity to learn about composting and take action to compost more! Recovering organic material from trash helps us reach Minnesota’s recycling goals and provides health, environmental, and economic benefits to the community. Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week by participating in one of the activities listed below.
Get started with backyard composting
Leaves, grass, and plant trimmings can be combined with fruit and vegetable scraps in a home compost bin to create a nutrient-rich material for your lawn and garden. Want to get started? Washington County residents can buy discounted compost bins for $56.
Use a food scraps drop-off site
Food scraps make up 20% of trash in Washington County. You can collect food scraps at home and then bring them to a Washington County drop-off site. The food scraps are then turned back into nutrient-rich soil (finished compost) at an industrial compost facility.
Pick up free finished compost in May
We're excited to offer free compost to Washington County residents during the month of May. The finished compost is made from mixing food scraps with yard waste, at the SMSC compost site in Shakopee.
Environmental Center: Bagged compost is available in the self-serve area. Limit: 2 bags per resident.
See webpage for hours.
Northern Yard Waste Site: Loose compost is available. Please bring your own shovel. Limit: 1/2 cubic yard or size of small trailer. See webpage for hours.
Finished compost is rich in nutrients and has many benefits, including promoting healthier plant growth, improving soil health, and preventing soil erosion.
Learn how to use finished compost