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

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.

Trash and Recycling Service Forms

Door Side Service Form available for elderly and disabled residents requesting special accommodations.
Temporary Stop in Service Form for a temporary change in service also called "snow-bird status"

Elk River Clean Up Days

The City of Elk River hosts clean up day events, typically in both the spring and fall. This event allows residents (open to all of Sherburne County) to dispose of unwanted household items. Appliances, electronics, mattresses, tires, bicycles, and more can be disposed of at the event. Our fall event was held Saturday, October 10. Check back in the spring for more details. 

Sherburne County 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.