Garbage and Recycling
Organic food waste recycling is available 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. Click here for more information.
Sherburne County Hazardous Waste Events
Clean Up Days Makes Disposal Easy!
The City of Elk River hosts Clean Up Day events in the spring and fall each year. These two events are open to all Sherburne County residents and gives people an opportunity to recycle or dispose of unwanted household items for free, or at a discounted rate. Appliances, electronics, mattresses, tires, bicycles, and more can be disposed of at the event.
Mark your calendar for our Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
|Residents must unload their own items to limit contact between themselves, city staff and event volunteers.|
Hauler Update: Randy's & Republic
In December 2020, Randy's Environmental Services was acquired by Republic Services. They now operate as "Randy's Sanitation, a Republic Services Company". Since the transition, very little has changed for Elk River customers. Randy's and Republic drivers continue to operate in their zones within the city.
In early summer 2021, some Randy's customers received blue Republic carts/containers. Do not be alarmed if you receive a cart that does not match the color of the truck that services your home. Randy's and Public drivers will service all of the households on their designated routes, regardless of color.
Driver Shortage and Service
Please be aware, like many industries, solid waste providers have been experiencing post-pandemic laborer issues, specifically a shortage in waste collection drivers. This driver shortage may impact some of our services including cart delivery (for new homes or size changes). Both haulers are actively hiring and training new drivers in an effort to provide the best service possible to customers. These staffing changes can also affect the time for trash and recycling pick-ups, so be sure your cart is outside early, on collection day. Just because your collection is typically in the afternoon, doesn’t mean it will always be within that “normal” timeframe.