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Posted on: October 16, 2023

Helpful Reminders from the Fire Department

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 also 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. Residents must empty and remove all bags when utilizing the facility’s services. The compost facility is locked and available to City residents only. As a reminder, residents now need an access card to enter the facility. We will be issuing access cards to city residents – 1 per property address. Residents can request a card by filling out a form on the our website.

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Center also accepts yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, branches, etc.). They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the 2nd & 3rd Saturdays of the month.

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