SET is an expert in Minnesota mulch, compost, and organics recovery.
We develop sustainable organics waste solutions that positively impact the climate and environment by diverting discarded organic materials from landfills. We create beneficial recovered organic products that can be used to regenerate, protect, and enhance our planets soil systems for generations to come.
Our team is backed by the highest-safety ratings and certifications available in our industry. Working with SET ensures that that you’ll not only be receiving the highest quality products and services, but you’ll be working with a company that puts integrity and the safety of its workers and the environment first.
As one of the largest processors in the upper Midwest and the largest compost and organics recovery processor in Minnesota, SET has the skills, resources, and experience to deliver high-quality compost and other soil amendments. From backyard gardens to large development projects and everything in-between, our team has the skills, resources, and expertise to help you accomplish your goals, big or small.
SET is a pioneer in facility design and the implementation of emerging technologies for the separation and composting of Source Separated Organics (residential food wastes) or SSOM. Our Empire Township facility is the largest of its kind in Minnesota and was designed to meet and exceed state and federal regulations. Our team currently receives and processes over 20,000 tons of SSOM annually. SET has been at the forefront of the composting methodology and technology. We current employ several different composting methods at our sites to accommodate different feedstocks and site operating conditions.
Our Experience: Public and Private Partnerships
SET provides composting services to both individuals and state, county and city programs. SET recognizes the importance of high quality, contamination-free feed stock for composting, whether it is from an individual home or the largest municipal program in the Metro area. The quality of the compost feedstock determines the ability to successfully recover and process it into a useable product.
To that end, SET has developed educational materials for residential collection companies and our municipal customers to help outline the acceptance parameters for the compost feedstock. SET works in tandem with our municipal partners to ensure that homeowners have the information they need to prevent contamination and to maximize the success of the respective programs.
Our public/private partnership programs include entities such as:
- City of Minneapolis
- City of St. Louis Park
- Dakota County
- Waste Management
- Republic Services
- Hennepin County
- Carver County
Carver County Organics Facility
In a partnership with Caver County, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, SET has developed a residential source separated organic materials facility in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Designed in accordance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards, this site is the first of its kind in the Minneapolis metro area that exclusively supports residential collection of organics mixed with yard waste. This site will be the model for residential sourced operations in the future.
We value the collaboration of compostable product manufactures, waste haulers and disposers, governments, businesses, and consumers who share our beliefs in protecting the soil and our water by choosing to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost our way to saving the planet for everyone.
Interested in learning more about how we can partner with your community, business or hauling program? Please give us a call at (952) 946-6999. We look forward to working with you to help shape a more sustainable future.
Our Retail Division: The Mulch Store
As a member of the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance program (STA), SET produces superior quality compost, mulches and soil amendment products. We provide mulch, compost, and organics made in Minnesota. These products are marketed and sold through The Mulch Store, a retail division of SET. The Mulch Store customers include individual residents, community gardens, nurseries, homebuilders, municipalities and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
We have everything you need for your large or small landscaping projects—from rocks and grass seed to fabrics, edging and hand tools. We have the right tool to help you get the job done. To see the products we have available, you can visit us at one of our four locations or contact us today.
Our Certifications and Awards
- 2020 US Composting Council’s Large-scale Composter of the Year
- USCC Consumer Compost Use Program
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture certified to process Ash tree waste
- MPCA-permitted facilities
- U.S. Composting Council® Certified Composters
We are passionate about mulch, compost, and organics in Minnesota and Wisconsin