Garbage and Recycling


The collection of residential trash, recycling and organics is divided into two collection districts. Each district is served by either Republic Services or Randy’s Environmental Services. More information on 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 also offers every-other-week single stream recycling service. Your collection week depends on where you live in the city and your hauler's route. Click here for more information.

Organics Recycling/Compost               

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

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.

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".

Fall Clean Up Day

Fall Clean Up Day Form can be found here.

Your form and items will be reviewed by gate staff at the event to determine total cost. Consider donating gently used items to local charities. Most items are priced individually, see form for details and pricing. We do not accept curbside recycling (including cardboard), construction/demolition debris, chemicals, paint or other household hazardous items. We accept cash, check or credit card payment. Please contact the Environmental Division with further questions at 763.635.1068

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. date 

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. 

Cart Color

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.