Home Composting

Overview

Did you know that in 1996, organic material, much of which consists of lawn clippings and leaves, accounted for about one-sixth of municipal solid waste in Minnesota (yard waste has been banned from landfills since 1994). 

Inver Grove Heights residents are encouraged to reduce the amount of yard waste that they dispose of by composting and changing their lawncare practices. Here are some tips to help make the most of your yard waste: 

  • Start a compost pile in your back yard. Composting is very easy to do, and finished compost can be used as a soil amendment to benefit your lawn and garden. A compost pile allows you to "recycle" your lawn and garden waste into natural fertilizer, thus eliminating your reliance on chemical fertilizers.
  • Leave clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings left on the lawn are a good source of free fertilizer, and can provide much of the nitrogen needed for a healthy lawn
  • Should you choose not to compost, deliver your yard waste and tree trimmings to a commercial compost facility. There are several compost facilities located near Inver Grove Heights. These facilities turn yard waste and tree trimmings into compost and mulch, which can be used for lawn, garden, and landscaping projects.