Organics Recycling / Compost

Elk River provides curbside organics recycling! Now you can recycle your food scraps and food-soiled paper into compost right at your home. Organics Recycling is as EASY as 1-2-3!

1 - Collect food waste and food-soiled paper from meals, refrigerator and panty and put them in the provided compostable Blue Bags.

2- Securely tie the Blue Bag and place it in your trash cart.

3 - On your regular trash day, place your cart at the curb. The Blue Bags will be separated out at the sorting facility and taken to a commercial compost recycling facility.

For more information, view our brochure.

To add organics recycling to your trash collection service, contact Elk River Municipal Utilities 763-441-2020

Participant receive a year supply of bags. If you need more Blue Bag compostable bags for Source Separated Organics participants can be purchased at City Hall or Northbound/Westbound Liquor Stores.


Acceptable Items for Organics Recycling

  • All food scraps including dairy, nuts, meat and bones 
  • Non-recyclable paper including napkins
  • Pizza boxes and other food-soiled paper
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
  • Paper bags and waxed paper

Unacceptable Items for Organics Recycling

  • Metal of any kind including foil, cans and metal
  • Plastic coated items and frozen food boxes
  • Clothing even if natural fibers
  • Large amounts of free liquids 
  • Liquids, oil or grease
  • Diapers
  • Microwavable popcorn bags
  • K-Cups