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Published April 2010

Places to take compost and brush

By Starrla Cray

People who want to dispose of leaves and brush can go to their local compost site.

The following is a list of locations and open hours. Details regarding specific compost site requirements vary by city.


Location: South of Winsted, at 22997 County Road 9, the same location as the wastewater treatment facility Open hours: The site is typically open from April through November. This year, the site opened Monday, March 29. Weather permitting, open hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to sunset; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Acceptable materials: Brush (leaves, grass clippings, small/medium branches), and compost. Logs are accepted up to 10 inches in diameter. Residents can also recycle appliances and electronics for a fee (see below).

Unacceptable materials: Stumps, roots, furniture, and mattresses.

Cost: There is no cost or permit required, except for appliance and electronic recycling. These prices and permits are available at the Winsted City Hall, and prices are set by McLeod County.

Rules and information: The collection/drop-off site is available to all city and rural residents of McLeod County. All residents must contact Winsted City Hall to obtain a permit for appliance and electronic recycling prior to gaining access to the site. The site is monitored. Residents are responsible for proper disposal of their yard waste, e-waste, and appliances in designated areas. If there is a question as to whether or not the site will be open due to weather, please contact Winsted City Hall at (320) 485-2366.


Location: The address for the City of Mayer’s compost site is 15200 County Road 30.

Open hours: The site is open mid-April to mid-November, weather permitting. Hours are Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 to noon. It is closed the weekends of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

Acceptable materials: Lawn clippings, compostable material, and branches.

Unacceptable materials: No sod is accepted from contractors.

New Germany

Location: The site is at a city-owned shed, at 250 State Avenue North.

Open hours: The bins are always open.

Acceptable materials: Tree branches go in the compost bins. Leaves belong in the waste management dumpster. Residents should empty the bag and take it with them.

Rules and information: The site is for New Germany city residents only.

Lester Prairie

Location: On the southeast side of the Lester Prairie City Park

Acceptable materials: Brush, garden plants, grass, leaves, and logs 6 to 18 inches in diameter (must be in separate piles and no longer than 100 inches.)

Unacceptable materials: Stumps, logs with a diameter of more than 18 inches, railroad ties, construction material (plywood, metals, wire, fencing, dirt, rock), plastic bags, electronics, household waste (including hazardous materials).

Open hours: To be determined Tuesday, April 13. Contact the Lester Prairie City Hall for dates and times.

Howard Lake

Location: On the back side of Mumford Sanitation, on the west side of Howard Lake.

Open hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 16. Beginning April 10, it will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After April 16, the site will no longer be open during weekdays, and will only be open Saturdays, and Wednesday evenings.

Acceptable materials: Branches, leaves, natural garden material.

Unacceptable materials: Anything other than the accepted materials.

Rules and information: The site is open to residents of the City of Howard Lake, as well as residents of Middleville and Victor townships. People should empty their plastic bags and take them with them, or put them in the garbage.


Location: The small dumpster is located at the former wastewater treatment plant site, at First Street South.

Open hours: It is typically open daily April through November, weather permitting.

Acceptable materials: Small brush and compost. Branches must be cut up.

Unacceptable materials: Appliances or miscellaneous rubbish.


Location: The site is at the intersection of Wright County Road 17 and Wright County Road 30.

Open hours: It is open year round, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday 7 to 11 a.m.

Acceptable materials: Compost and brush, including leaves, grass, and garden materials

Unacceptable materials: Appliances or garbage.

Rules and information: The site is only open to residents of the City of Delano.


Location: Wright County Road 4, next to the pubic maintenance shed.

Open hours: Open at all times, all year round.

Acceptable materials: Only compost and tree branches.

Unacceptable materials: No stumps, shingles, or garbage.

Rules and information: The site is only open to residents of the City of Cokato. Residents who bring leaves in a bag should empty the bag and take it with them.


Location: The site is at the wastewater treatment plant, at 800 Buffalo Avenue South.

Open hours: It is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 7 to 11 a.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

Acceptable materials: Only compostable materials, such as grass clippings and leaves

Unacceptable materials: Tree stumps.

Rules and information: Bagged leaves and other materials should be emptied, and the bags taken back with the resident. The site is for people living in the city limits only.

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