Yard Waste

Yard Waste

It is against the law to throw yard and garden waste in the trash.

Yard waste includes:

Alternatives for handling yard waste

1. Compost at home

  • Leave grass clippings on lawn.
  • Compost is a beneficial soil amendment.
  • Composting is easy to do at home.

2. Bring to Southern Minnesota Construction compost site (also known as Pilgrims Quarry)

  • Located at 3600 Third Avenue.
  • There is no cost for Mankato, non-commercial residents.
  • Separate woody waste from compostable materials.
  • The SMC compost site is generally open:
    • April 1 through October 31--Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • November 1 through March 31--Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The facility is closed on the following holidays: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Please call 507-388-3122 for more details.

3. Curbside collection (extra charge)

  • Residents must purchase special Mankato yard waste collection bags located at the "downtown" Cub and Hy-Vee. They cost $2 per bag and are the only compost bags accepted by Waste Management. Woody waste must be cut to four foot lengths, bundled and tied, put in a yard waste collection bag.
  • Put out bags or bundle on recycling collection day. Yard waste is picked up April through mid-November on the same day as recycling pickup. Arrangements must be made for curbside pickup. To schedule a pickup, contact Waste Management at 507-388-1157 or 1-800-777-8408.