2014 Compost for Minneapolis Community Gardens



As a service to community gardens, Gardening Matters manages requests for compost on behalf of the City of Minneapolis, but we do NOT control their composting program. The City of Minneapolis sets all guidelines and policies regarding compost. They also fulfill all compost requests. The following information is from the City of Minneapolis:

Please read the following guidelines before you fill out the request form:

Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Community Garden Compost Program 2014  

Each garden will be allowed one complimentary delivery of compost, per season, while complimentary deliveries and complimentary supplies last.Community Gardens date of establishment and history of complementary compost receipt will determine priority of complimentary compost through the Solid Waste and Recycling program. Community gardens must have a clearly marked area designated for compost delivery. Requests to deliver compost to an area with low hanging wires or narrow access may result in the delivery location being changed or the delivery cancelled. Community gardens should be prepared to accept compost deliveries outside of their requested delivery time. Each Community Garden contact will be notified after the delivery request has been received and the delivery has been scheduled. If there is a conflict with the date or time selected for delivery, the contact person for the Community Garden will be notified and asked to reschedule. Deliveries of For Fee compost must be signed for at the time of delivery. 


All Community Gardens that are registered with Gardening Matters and are located within the City of Minneapolis limits are eligible to receive compost. Community Gardens date of establishment and history of complementary compost receipt will determine priority of complimentary compost through the Solid Waste and Recycling program. When this free supply is exhausted, we will make note on this website. You will be notified about the status of your compost request by the delivery request deadlines below. For example, if you submit your compost request before March 28th, you will receive notification about your status on March 28th. 

The City of Minneapolis has a limited supply of free compost and deliveries. If your garden is able to pay for the delivery or compost, you help reserve the compost for those gardens that have limited funds. Please consider paying for compost and delivery fees if your garden has the means. You will have the option to select compost with payment on the sign up form.


Compost is available April 7, 2014 through October 25, 2014. Each garden is allowed one (1) delivery of 1–10 cubic yards of complimentary compost, while complimentary supplies and complimentary deliveries last. After the Minneapolis contract supply of complimentary deliveries is committed, remaining complimentary compost will be available at a rate of $115/per load, delivered. Once the complimentary compost supply and complimentary deliveries have been committed additional compost will be available at a rate of $7/per cubic yard plus an additional $115/per load delivery fee. 

Section I. Complimentary Compost 

A supply of 600 cubic yards of complimentary compost is available, with no more than 60 deliveries. Priority for complimentary compost will be based on date of garden establishment and history of complementary compost previously received. If complimentary compost remains after the 60 complimentary deliveries have been committed, the remaining complimentary compost will be available at a rate of $115/per load, delivered. 

Section II. For Fee Compost 

After the Minneapolis contract supply of complimentary compost is committed, additional compost will be available from at a rate of $115/per load of 1-10 cubic yards, delivered. Payment for ‘For Fee’ compost must be received prior to delivery. For Fee compost delivery work orders must be signed for at the time of delivery. A supply of 500 cubic yards of ‘For Fee’ compost is available. Payments must be made by cash or check only. Checks are made payable to the City of Minneapolis, Finance Department. Payments may be mailed or hand delivered to our Downtown office. A receipt of payment will be provided, by request only. 

Mailing Address (Downtown Office):
City of Minneapolis
Solid Waste and Recycling Division
309 Second Avenue South, Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281 

 Delivery of Compost 

Compost deliveries are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. 

Compost delivery requests must be submitted through Gardening Matters. Gardening Matters will submit requests for compost to Solid Waste and Recycling. 10 days processing time is required for data entry and delivery arrangements. The table below outlines request deadlines and delivery dates.

Request Deadline

Earliest Delivery Date: 


April 4, 2014

April 14, 2014 

April 11, 2014

April 21, 2014 

April 18, 2014

April 28, 2014 

April 25, 2014

May 5, 2014 

May 2, 2014

May 12, 2014 

 May 9, 2014

May 19, 2014

May 16, 2014

May 23, 2014

 June 2, 2014* 

May 30, 2014

June 9, 2014

June 6, 2014

June 16, 2014

June 13, 2014

 June 23, 2014

 June 20, 2014

June 27, 2014

July 7, 2014*

July 3, 2014 (Thursday)

July 14, 2014 

July 11, 2014

July 21, 2014 

July 18, 2014

July 28, 2014 

July 25, 2014

August 4, 2014 

August 1, 2014

August 11, 2014 

August 8, 2014

August 18, 2014 

August 15, 2014

August 25, 2014 * 

August 22, 2014

August 29, 2014

September 8, 2014*

September 5, 2014

September 15, 2014 

September 12, 2014

September 22, 2014 

September 19, 2014

September 29, 2014 

September 26, 2014

October 6, 2014 

October 3, 2014

October 13, 2014 

 October 10, 2014

 October 20, 2014

*Note: Due to holiday and non-delivery weeks. 

For questions about the city program, please contact Michelle Howard, Clean City Coordinator, Division of Solid Waste and Recycling
Office: 612.673.2789 │ Email: michelle.howard@minneapolismn.gov 

Compost Request Form

Our thanks to the City of Minneapolis, Solid Waste Department, for making compost available for community gardens!