Compost Site

St. Cloud River Bluffs Regional Park Compost Site

The St. Cloud compost site (522 33 Street South) is located in the St. Cloud River Bluffs Regional Park area. St. Cloud River Bluffs Regional Park is located east of County Road 75, off of 33rd Street South. Customers are encouraged to utilize the compost site for grass clippings and leaves, as well as brush and tree waste. 

A permit is required to use the compost site. Permits are valid only for the year it was purchased. Compost permits are now available to purchase. Permits can be purchased at City Hall during regular business hours, or by mailing your application to City Hall. Please allow 7 - 10 days for processing and mailing the permit. Permits cannot be purchased online at this time.

City Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1201 7th St S                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            St. Cloud, MN 56301

Permits are NOT sold at the Compost Site.
Permit Costs:
R1 Permit: City residents utilizing City refuse & recycling services:                                       $25.00
R2 Permit: City residents and parcels who do not utilize City refuse & recycling services    $35.00
NR Permit: Residents of neighboring cities and townships:                                                   $45.00
Replacement of lost, stolen or destroyed permit:                                                                   $  5.00

At the time of purchase, applicants will be required to furnish the license plate number along with the make and model of the vehicle to be used to transport yard waste to the compost site. Permits are non-transferable.


Hours of Operation

 April 3, 2023 - November 18, 2023 (depending on weather)


MondayNoon - 6 p.m.
TuesdayNoon - 6 p.m.
WednesdayClosed to the public
ThursdayNoon to 6 p.m.
Friday1 7 p.m.
Saturday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents shall not enter the site during non-operational hours; this is considered a violation.

Site closed on:

  • Good Friday  Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Memorial Day  Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2023
  • Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2023

Rules & Regulations

  • Commercial haulers and lawn service companies are not eligible to use this site.
  • You must register with the attendant on site before entering the compost site. Residents shall not enter the site during non-operational hours; this is considered a violation resulting in revocation.
  • You must have a compost permit displayed on the inside bottom of the passenger side of your front windshield. Entry to the compost site will not be allowed without a valid permit. The permit must be affixed as described.
  • Only clean yard waste, brush, and tree waste will be accepted and must be separated prior to entering the site.
    • Acceptable yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, pine cones, pumpkins, acorns, apples, dirt, and sod.
    • Acceptable brush and tree waste includes shrubs, tree branches, firewood, garden vegetation and cornstalks.
    • The city reserves the right to limit the quantity or disallow the disposal of brush and tree waste without prior notice.
    • Unacceptable yard waste includes construction wood, dimensional lumber, wood pallets, stumps, or whole tree logs.
    • Yard waste mixed with rocks, metal, concrete, polystyrene foam, animal feces, food scraps, or other foreign material is also unacceptable. Loads containing contamination will be turned away from site.
  • You must dump your own plastic bags and take the empty bags with you. No plastic bags can be left on site, as they contaminate the compost.
  • You must dump your yard waste as indicated by the signs and traffic cones. This method enables city workers to turn the yard waste material with their equipment.
  • Brush and tree waste needs to be separated from yard waste and deposited in a separate location as indicated. All loads entering the site must be covered to prevent loss of any waste while driving to the compost site.
  • Composted soil is not always available for individuals who have purchased a compost permit. When available, there is a 90-gallon per week maximum per individual. Composted soil is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to a mandated quarantine by MN Department of Agriculture, mulch and wood chips are not available.
  • Obey all speed limit signs and drive cautiously at this public site.

Failure to follow the rules and regulations as outlined above is considered a violation.

The City reserves the right to revoke any violator's permit for the season.

For further information or questions, please contact Public Works at 320-650-2900.