Compost & Yard Waste
Composting is an easy way to reduce waste while improving your yard and garden soils. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up nearly 16% to 30% of waste produced by the average household. In Minnesota, 12% is food scraps and up to 18% is yard waste. Composting can happen indoors and outdoors. By composting leaves (browns) with kitchen scraps (greens), you create a dark, crumbly mixture that can be used to improve the soil and reduce your use of fertilizer and water. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a guide explaining how to create your own backyard compost bin.
Starting your own compost bin can be boiled down to four simple steps:
Arden Hills encourages backyard composting of kitchen scraps and yard waste. Just ensure your compost bin or pile is located in the rear yard, at least three feet from the rear or side property line. A state law passed in 1989 bans the disposal of yard waste in landfills or waste-to-energy facilities, so much of our yard waste goes to large commercial composting facilities. However, you can easily compost yard waste in your own backyard.
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale
Compost bins and rain barrels can be purchased at a reduced rate. Purchase a Bin or Barrel.