Sunday, October 7, 2007

Compost Alternatives for Fallen Leaves for Homeowners in Anoka County Minnesota

As the chlorophyll drains from leaves on the trees throughout Anoka County, revealing a vivid color palette of reds, oranges and yellows, I am reminded that fall is once again upon us. It amazes me that as youngsters are contemplating donning masks for Halloween, the leaves are draining the spring and summer green that masked their true colors. The beautiful fall colors combined with autumn winds will have residents of from Ham Lake to Columbus and Linwood to Lino Lakes grumbling about that wonderful fall chore of raking and disposing of yard waste.

If you’re on acreage and very lucky, the winds may kick up into a powerful force and blow your leaves into a neighboring field. A few years back our nearly three Ham Lake acres were blown clean of leaves after a night of howling winds. It was amazing! But facing north on our property, we realize that a windstorm the exception rather than rule.

So what to do with all of the leaves? In most Twin Cities areas, it is not legal to dispose of yard waste in your trash bin. Anoka County and Ham Lake are no exception. Composting is the answer. Whether you choose to have your own composting site on your property for next summer’s garden or you donate your leaves to the countywide site, composting is the best solution to recycling yard waste.

Compost and Tree Waste Sites in Anoka County

Acceptable materials include: leaves, grass clippings, weeds and soft-bodied green plant materials. No garbage allowed and must be debagged at the site.

Cost $4.00 per load up to 4 cubic yards for Anoka County residents.

Bunker Hills Compost Site
Located at 13285 Hanson Blvd. Coon Rapids
Open April through November weather permitting.
Monday-Friday 10AM to Sunset
Saturday 9AM to 5PM
Sunday 12PM to 5PM

Rice Lake Chain of Lakes Compost Site
Located at 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes
Tuesday 10AM to SunsetThursday 10:00 a.m. to Sunset
Saturday 9AM to 5PM
Sunday 12PM to 5PM

Home Compost Bins for Sale
Anoka County wants to assist you in having a green garden next year with your own compost bin. Limited quantities of Home Composter compost bins are available for sale for the low price of $31.18 (regular retail price is $69.00). For convenience, stop by and pick up at Holtz Garden Center in Ham Lake or Rock Gardens in Lino Lakes while supplies last. Click here additional information.

Make Your Own Compost Bin
Not an Anoka County resident or need a bigger compost bin?
Make your own with these easy directions! Several easy to build designs are outlined is step-by-step easy to follow instructions. Make the size and style that best suits your property and needs.


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Copyright 2007 Teri Eckholm