Recycling and Solid Waste Compost Sites

Effective January 1, 2020 Dane County will no longer accept compost materials for drop off at any of its sites.

Most municipalities offer curbside pickup or drop-off sites for yard waste, leaves, and brush for their residents. Check with your local municipality for details on guidelines, locations, and hours of operation.

If you are intersted in composting the organic waste generated in your home, there are some subscription-style services available in Dane County. A couple include:

Curbside Composter
Service areas include: Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, Monona, Sun Prairie, McFarland, Cottage Grove, Waunakee and DeForest

Earth Stew
Service areas include: Cities of Madison, Fitchburg, Middleton and Monona. Expansion to occur if demand increases.

Compost Drop Off at Rodefeld –
the only site remaining open.

County’s Westport and Verona compost sites
are permanently CLOSED as of JULY 1, 2014

Finished compost is no longer available,
effective July 1, 2014

Loss of Leaves and Compost Material from City of Madison,
Municipal Partners Means No Material Available for Future Years

compost Yard wastes are banned from disposal at all landfills in the State of Wisconsin. To provide a method of recycling yard waste, Dane County operates a yard waste compost sites. The compost site is available for Dane County residents to bring non-woody yard waste. All material must be removed from bags prior to dumping. There is no charge for dropping off material. Finished compost material is no longer available, effective July 1, 2014.

We DO NOT ACCEPT any of the following materials:
  • Brush (please check with your local municipality for proper disposal)
  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Food Waste, including compostable paper and plastics
  • Christmas wreaths or garlands (because of the metal wire)
  • Animal manure or pet waste
  • Trash of any sort

Sod is acceptable for disposal at the compost site, provided that all soil not attached directly to the root system is removed.

Please Contact Robert Regan at 266-4139 or at

Compost Equipment

Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00am – 10:45am
Located at 7102 Hwy. 12 & 18 one-half mile east of 1-90. Across from Yahara hills Golf Course.

Home Composting:

Besides the use of these compost facilities, homeowners may find that home compost systems are more convenient, saving both the time and effort of using the County facilities, while also producing usable compost. Information on home composting is available at local libraries, garden and hardware stores or from the County.

If your school group, garden club, neighborhood association, etc., is interested in having an individual speak on composting at one of your meetings or events, please contact: Robert Regan at 608-266-4139 or Talks can be tailored to your group’s need and/or interest, and will be given at no charge.

For more information on the County compost sites, Call Robert Regan at 266-4139.

Home Composting Web Sites

Backyard Magic: The Composting Handbook - An online handbook on how to turn household waste into a valuable soil conditioner.

Compost Resource Page

Master Composter