Hot Topics - Composting & Organics 

​August 2017

​Did You Know?

  • Grass clippings and fallen leave

    s that make their way to the


    infrastructure can

    carry harmful nutrients

    to our lakes and waterways
  • Yard waste in landfills

    takes up already limited space and creates acidity. Acidity causes other chemicals to spread more quickly. This is called leachate and can

    quickly increase water pollution

  • 50%

    of what is hauled to landfills in summer and fall months is

    yard waste

  • It is





    yard waste

    with household


  • Some

    waste haulers

    offer compost bins on a

    seasonal basis

    . Contact your waste hauler to learn what they offer, or visit the Important Phone Number page of for a full list of licensed haulers.
  • Not just yard waste is compostable. Some

    food and other home organics

    make great compost for your gardens! For more information on home composting and composting bins, visit the Carver County Environmental Center ( 

​Benefits of Bagging Grass Clippings:

  • Clippings can be pretty


    immediately following lawn mowing and can

    track grass

    indoors, into swimming pools, etc. 
  • Clippings

    break down quickly

    and are

    great for composting

  • Use clippings as


    in your garden to help with

    weed prevention


    lock in moisture

  • Bagging

    prevents clippings from getting blown into the


City Compost Service


City of Waconia

offers a

compost drop-off site

that is open on designated days from

Spring - Fall


Grass, leaves, garden waste,



are all materials approved for disposal. 
  • Brush should be cut down so it is no longer than


    in diameter and


    in length
  • Cost is



    $10 per truck/trailer load

  • Compostable

    bags only
  • Proof of

    Waconia residency


2017 Compost Schedule

August 12: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
August 17: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
August 26: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 9: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 23: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 5: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 7: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 19: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 21: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 28: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
November 2: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

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