Hot Topics - Composting & Organics 

​August 2017


​Did You Know?


  • Grass clippings and fallen leave

    s that make their way to the

    stormwater

    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

    illegal

    to

    dispose

    of

    yard waste

    with household

    garbage 

  • 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 www.waconia.org 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 (www.recyclecarver.org). 

​Benefits of Bagging Grass Clippings:

  • Clippings can be pretty

    messy

    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

    mulch

    in your garden to help with

    weed prevention

    and

    lock in moisture

  • Bagging

    prevents clippings from getting blown into the

    street

City Compost Service

The

City of Waconia

offers a

compost drop-off site

that is open on designated days from

Spring - Fall

.

Grass, leaves, garden waste,

and

brush

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

    3"

    in diameter and

    4'

    in length
  • Cost is

    $1/bag

    or

    $10 per truck/trailer load

  • Compostable

    bags only
  • Proof of

    Waconia residency

    required 

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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