Garbage and Recycling


The City of Elk River arranges for the collection of residential trash, recycling and organics. Under the current program, the city is divided into two collection districts. Each district is served by either Republic Services or Randy’s Environmental Services. More information on Elk River's garbage collection services can be found here. Wondering about cart placement, or what to do if you've been missed on your collection day? Click here for more information.


The City of Elk River provides every-other-week single stream recycling service. Your collection week depends on where you live in the city and your hauler's route. The City of Elk River also provides other recycling opportunities as well as a list of local recyclers. For more information on Elk River's recycling services, please click here. Wondering about cart placement, what to do if you've been missed on your collection day, or what items are able to be recycled and what aren't? Click here for more information.

Organics Recycling/Compost               

The City of Elk River provides organic food waste recycling via our voluntary, free drop off program. Items are collected at home in special Blue Bag compostable bags and taken to two locations for collection. Please click here for more information.

Save the Date - 2019 Spring Clean Up Day

Cars in line on Spring Clean Up Day Mark your calendars for the 2019 Spring Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Elk River Maintenance Facility, located at 19000 Proctor Road NW. This event is open to all Sherburne County residents (with proof of residency), and gives people the opportunity to properly recycle and dispose of unwanted household items for free or for a discounted cost. There is a charge associated with most items. Please plan to unload your own items from your vehicle.

Please consider donating gently used items to local charities, rather than disposing of them. Most items are priced individually including carpet, mattresses, appliances and electronics. Liquids and fluids must be drained from all items including lawn mowers. Prices and items will be reviewed by staff at the event, prices are subject to change. 

For a full list of accepted items, individual pricing, and more, print this form, fill it out and bring it with you to the Spring Clean Up Day.

*Due to the closure of GRE, all trash items will be taken to Elk River Landfill. Recycle or donate before looking to dispose.* 
*Cash or check (made out to City of Elk River) ONLY*

Spring Clean Up Day Drop Off Form

Items Accepted:

  • Appliances (microwave, stove, fridge, A/C, etc.): $10 each
  • Televisions 12"-34": $15 each
  • Televisions over 34": $30 each
  • Medium electronics (VCRs, stereos, printers, etc.): $5 each
  • Computer systems (laptop, tower, monitor): $10 each
  • Furniture: $15 each
  • Carpet (6 ft long rolls, no rubber backed carpet): $15 each
  • Mattress/Box Spring: $15 each
  • Mixed Junk (items not listed elsewhere): $30 per car load
  • Car Seats (any type, including plastic base): $5 each
  • Propane Tanks: $10-$50 depending on size
  • Tires: $3-$15 depending on size, $2 additional for rims
  • Free items include: batteries, fluorescent bulbs, holiday lights (no décor), scrap metal (bikes, grills, engines, etc.), household textiles and clothing in good, usable condition.

*Paper shredding and document destruction will be available across the street from the Maintenance Facility in the Salk Middle School parking lot (11970 Highland Rd NW) from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The fee is $5 for households and $25 for business shredding. 

Sherburne County Household Hazardous Waste Events

Dispose of household chemicals, paint, cleaners, batteries and more at the county's numerous events. These events are free to all Sherburne County residents (I.D. required).  Click here for upcoming event information, and to view a list of accepted items. More information is also available on the Sherburne County website