Compost: Where to get some

Compost is great for enhancing growth and retaining water in flower beds and gardens!

Come to the Olmsted County Compost Site 

Location: Across the street from the Hazardous Waste Facility, 305 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Compost Site Hours: Open 7 days a week during daylight hours

The entrance to the Compost Site is located off Silver Creek Road. Enter through the south side of the site. Drive past the yard waste drop-off. The finished compost pile is located on the north end of the site. (see picture)

Get your compost 


Compost is available on a self-serve basis. Bring your own shovel to load your own bucket, pickup truck, or trailer. Donation boxes are available on-site for residents and businesses who want to support the Compost Site’s daily operations.

Suggested donation rates for finished compost are:

  • $0.50 / 5-gallon bucket
  • $5.00 / car load
  • $20.00 / pickup or trailer load

Bulk Loads:

April – November: An Olmsted County employee is available to load vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. (or greater) for a fee of $15.00 per ton or $12.00 per cubic yard from 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday.

December – March: Bulk loading is available by request only; residents should call 507 328-7070 to schedule an appointment.

What is a cubic yard?

Imagine a box that is 3 feet wide, 3 feet long, and 3 feet tall (3’ x 3’ x 3’)

Note - Compost Testing:

Each year, our compost at this site is analyzed by a certified laboratory to determine is agronomic capabilities and maturity level. Compost samples from the site will vary from year-to-year and season-to-season based on the types and amounts of yard waste collected from the public drop-off area.

Olmsted County does not guarantee the compost is free from all substances which may be harmful to plants, animals or humans. Customers assume all risk and liability resulting from the use of the product. A representative sample of finished compost is tested annually for Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Grade 2 specifications; however, Olmsted County cannot guarantee that each load meets the requirements noted in Section 3890 of MnDOT’s Standards of Specifications for Construction (2005 Edition).

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