Yard waste disposal
Minnesota law prohibits disposal in garbage of grass clippings, leaves, weeds, garden waste, shrub and tree waste (including prunings). Contact your waste hauler or municipality to get more information about collection procedures, dates and times. You can also drop-off yard waste at several facilities for a small charge. View our list of compost sites in Dakota County to find a drop-off location near you.
Food waste disposal
In the Twin Cities area, there are several options for businesses to manage their food waste.
Food recovery, or donation, is an option for perishable or non-perishable food items that are still fit for human consumption. Donating food is a great way to keep food out of the waste stream and make a charitable contribution. Typically, businesses donate these foods to local non-profits for use at food pantries, shelters and other programs that assist the public.
To find a local food shelf or pantry near you, visit the Emergency Foodshelf Network and select Dakota County in the directory. Hunger Solutions Minnesota allows you to map all food support programs by city and zip code. Restaurants and grocers can connect to donors via the Food Donation Connection website.
Larger generators such as food processors and major retailers, should contact Second Harvest Heartland, a regional group with the capacity to capture high volumes of perishable food.
Food scraps and expired food that are not suitable for consumption by people might still be good for another use—animal feed. Animals can eat some food wastes if prepared properly. Visit Rethink Recycling’s food page for a list of companies that have food-to-animals or food-to-feed programs.
Many haulers will pick up food scraps and food-soiled paper waste, often referred to as organics, generated by businesses for composting or you can self-haul to a facility serving Dakota County. Learn more about commercial compost sites or commercial organics haulers or visit Rethink Recycling for alternative haulers and disposal options.