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Posted on: November 1, 2022

Reminder from MFD: Do NOT Burn Leaves this Fall

A pile of burning leaves with a red cancel symbol (circle with a line through it) over the image.

As the weather cools down and fall leaves begin to pile up, the Monticello Fire Department would like to remind you that burning leaves is not allowed within city limits. According to our City code, it is illegal to burn garbage, debris, or yard waste. Burning of any kind, other than a recreational fire with dry, untreated wood, is not allowed within the city limits and can result in fines for illegally burning.

Additional information about recreational fires is available in our Open Burning Ordinance.

According to the EPA, the safest way to dispose of leaves is to compost them. The City of Monticello has a Compost Facility on West River Street.

The facility is for leaves and grass clippings only. Please note, branches, brush, and other yard waste are not allowed at the City's facility; but they are allowed at the Wright County Compost Facility. Residents must empty and remove all bags when utilizing the facility’s services.

The compost facility is locked and available to City residents only. The access code is changed weekly. A weekly email is sent out with the updated code. Call (763) 295-3170 or send an email to to request the code for one-time access or to be added to the email list for weekly code updates. The code can also be found by logging in to your online utility billing account.

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