Yard Materials Drop Off

Both the Basswood and Woodland Compost Sites are yard material drop off sites for residents of Manitowoc County.  There is no charge for this service.  When entering the compost sites drive slowly, obey traffic signs and the compost site staff.  Be sure to only bring acceptable items.  Your load may be inspected prior to drop off and any unacceptable materials or contaminated loads will be turned away.  Call ahead if you have questions about a particular item.


  • All brush and branches must be placed on the brush pile
  • All yard clippings and rakings must be placed on the yard material pile
  • Drive slowly in the site
  • Your load is subject to random inspection by Recycling Center staff
  • Stay away from any heavy equipment operating in the area
  • Site conditions may limit access to the drop off areas
  • Do not use the site before or after the posted hours
  • Do not drive into the restricted areas

Illegal dumping is subject to fine per Manitowoc Code Section 6.17.  Placing unacceptable items in an otherwise designated recycling container or pile is considered illegal dumping and is subject to fine. 

Acceptable Items

  • Grass and lawn clippings
  • Sod once all the soil is removed
  • Leaves
  • Flowers and plants
  • Garden waste including pumpkins, fruit and vegetables
  • Weeds
  • Small brush, branches and Christmas trees
  • Woodchips and sawdust from untreated wood

If you are not sure an item is acceptable or not call the Recycling Center Main Office at 920-683-4333 and ask before coming.

Unacceptable Items

  • Ashes
  • Large logs or stumps
  • Branches wider than 6 inches in diameter or 5 feet long
  • Animal waste or carcasses
  • Kitchen waste
  • Sod with the soil attached
  • Sand or Soil
  • Gravel, Rocks or Concrete
  • Treated and Untreated Lumber
  • Metal
  • TVs and other electronics
  • Construction and demolition Waste
  • Trash, garbage bags or plastic
  • Paper bags (even if they say compostable)