The Minnetonka Public Works facility accepts leaves and yard waste as well as brush from Minnetonka residents. The leaf drop-off and brush drop-off programs have different processing methods and distinct end markets for the different materials, so it’s important they stay separate.
The Public Works facility is located at at 11522 Minnetonka Blvd (Map and directions).
Use the driveway on the west side of the building near the Big Willow Park ball fields.
Leaves and brush are only accepted from Minnetonka residents. You must present proper identification to verify you are a Minnetonka resident (driver’s license, state I.D., or Minnetonka utility bill).
No loads of leaves will be accepted from commercial lawn services without proof of residency of the address the leaves or brush are from.
Alternatives to drop-offs: Curbside collection
If you have other means of handling your leaves or brush such as collection by your garbage hauler or backyard composting, please use that option! All garbage haulers offer curbside collection of yard waste for a fee (either an annual, monthly, per cart or per bag fee). The garbage hauler yard waste collection programs typically run mid-April through mid-November. Check with your garbage hauler for details.
Please also see the information on proper bags required for curbside collection of bagged yard waste. State law requires proper compostable bags for curbside collection of bagged yardwaste—regular plastic bags are not allowed. Some companies offer yard waste carts, eliminating the need for using bags.
For information about composting and yard waste management, call 952.988.8430, during business hours or leave a message anytime.
Spring: open Saturday, April 5–Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Fall: open Monday, September 15–Saturday, November 22, 2014
Leaf drop-off procedures
The city leaf drop-off site is “bag free.” Residents will unload and/or unbag their leaves and yardwaste onto the large bulk pile and take all empty bags home for reuse or disposal—including paper and compostable bags. Please bring proper equipment, like a stout pitch fork, to unload your truck or trailer load of leaves.
The suggested method is to use many layers of tarps between layers of about a foot of leaves. Use a tarp to gather up and move a small pile of leaves from your yard to your trailer or vehicle, layering the leaves and tarps until the vehicle is full. This makes unloading your leaves easier and faster at the site. All you need to do is flip off the tarps between the layers of leaves.
Loads of leaves must be covered during transport!
Acceptable leaf drop-off materials
Sticks and branches smaller than ½ inch in diameter are acceptable with leaves; anything larger goes to the brush pile. For further details on brush, please see the brush drop-off information below.
March winter pruning and brush drop-off: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
Open Saturday, April 5 until Saturday, November 22, 2014
Acceptable brush drop-off materials
Branches up to 12″ in diameter will be accepted.
Please note: Trash, metal, plastics, concrete, lumber, fences or wood scraps are not accepted. Do not bring these materials with your load of brush. Loose leaves, pine needles, straw, plant and garden materials go in the separate leaf drop-off area.
Compostable bags: required for curbside yard waste collection
Please be aware yard waste set out for curbside collection by your garbage hauler in the metro area is required to be placed in compostable bags—either paper or compostable plastic bags.
If your garbage hauler provides yard waste carts, it’s best to simply place materials inside the carts loose, with no bags. However, if you want to use bags, be sure to use paper or compostable ones required for curbside collection.
If you use the city spring and fall leaf drop-off programs, they are “bag free.” The bulk leaf drop-off area will accept loose loads of leaves, or residents may empty bagged yard waste and take their bags home, no matter the type of bag!
Allowable bags are either paper Kraft bags (large brown paper bags) or compostable plastic bags, both of which are available in stores. Look for compostable plastic bags that state on the box they “meet ASTM D6400 standards for composting” and are “compostable.” Biodegradable or degradable plastic bags do not meet the state law requirements. Compostable plastic bags are usually clear or tinted an opaque shade of green, white or pink.
If you have any questions about compostable bag requirements, check with your garbage hauler.