Your Yard


What do I do with yard waste? 

Anoka County offers two compost sites that accept twigs and leaves. The closest one is the Bunker Hills location at 13285 Hanson Blvd in Coon Rapids. Click here for hours, fees and additional information.

How do I backyard compost?

You can also compost your yard waste and raw fruit and vegetable scraps at home with a backyard compost bin. Backyard composting is simple and will allow you to create your own compost, a soil amendment that when added to your garden will make your soil more nutrient-rich and more resistant to droughts. Click here for a fact sheet: the University of Minnesota Composting Guide.


Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Distribution
Hosted by Recycling Association of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4-7pm
at 10040 Davenport St. NE Blaine, MN 55449

Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) distributes compost bins and rain barrels in the spring. You can order a compost bin or rain barrel through RAM by sending an email to

Compost bins and rain barrels can also be purchased through garden stores.

What is a raingarden?
Raingardens protect our lakes and rivers. In Fridley that includes the great Mississippi River! Raingardens are shallow, bowl-shaped depressions that are designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the soil and filter naturally through the ground. The idea here is to reduce the rainwater runoff that would otherwise carry pollutants from our yards, houses, driveways and streets directly to our lakes and rivers through the storm sewer system. By capturing the polluted water and allowing ti to filter naturally through the soil, it reaches our local water bodies clean and cool. Plus, raingardens are beautiful!

Raingardens and Landscaping Workshops are offered periodically throughout the year. These workshops teach you about the different types of raingardens, what plants to use, offer sample plans, maintenance advice and more inspirational ideas and information. Watch for news on upcoming raingarden workshops in the community.

Common Code Violations

Yard Storage / Outdoor Storage:

According to City Code, outdoor storage must be in the side or rear yard. Neatly stacked firewood is allowed, as is a trailer or boat. Items such as extension ladders, lumber (not associated with a current building permit), and machinery are not permitted.

Waste and Recycling Containers:

These can be outside and in view of the street, provided they are not in the front yard. The front yard is defined as the area between the street and the front-most building edge. If your home or garage has an overhang, these containers can be stored under that overhang. They can also be placed on the side of your home.

Other common yard code violations:

Unlicensed or inoperable vehicles cannot be openly stored in your yard. City Code also has policies against weeds and long grass, and brush piles.