Compost Site

Access Road Repaving

July 7, 2020

As a part of the city’s 2020 Street Improvement Project, crews will be working to resurface and widen the access road to the Maintenance Facility and Elk River Compost Site located at 19000 Proctor Road starting Wednesday, July 8. The area impacted will stretch from CSAH 1 to the west end near the compost site entrance. The parking lot located at Oak Knoll Park will also be included in this pavement rehabilitation.

Access to the Maintenance Facility and the Elk River Compost Site will remain open throughout construction, however motorists may experience minor delays during the project, which is expected to be complete by Friday, July 24 weather depending.

COVID-19 and Elk River Compost Site

March 27, 2020 - As a reminder, although most city facilities are closed to the public, the Elk River Compost Site, located at 19000 Proctor Rd., remains open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. One thing to note, Compost Site passes cannot be issued in-person at this time, however requests for passes can be made by calling 763-635-1120 and sent via mail or by filling out the online form found here

Compost Site Hours

Drop-off hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily.  The site is monitored by security cameras. 

Non-County Residents

Materials will not be accepted from non-county residents. If you are not a resident of Sherburne County, visit the Rethink Recycling website to see if your city has a compost facility.

Commercial Haulers

$200 for first registered vehicle & $100 for each additional per calendar year. Gross vehicle weight must not exceed 19,500.

Accepted Items

  • Yard waste - grass clippings, leaves
  • Sod
  • Brush
  • Branches (6” in diameter or less)
  • Oil, filters, antifreeze

Items NOT Accepted

  • Lumber (2x4's and other dimensional lumber, painted boards, telephone poles, railroad ties, construction site debris, etc.)
  • Stumps
  • Rocks and concrete
  • Plastic or trash
  • Bags – empty and dispose of bags in dumpster or take home to reuse

Accessing the Compost Site

Sherburne County residents will need to provide proof of residency, i.e. valid driver’s license. Passes are valid at all cities that are part of the Sherburne County Municipal Recycling Board (Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, and Zimmerman). 

Passes are free for the first card; $5 for all replacement cards. If you lose your pass, your old pass will be invalidated when you apply for a new one. The site is gated and will require an access pass. Passes can be obtained by filling out this online form or at the locations listed below:

Elk River City Hall
13065 Orono Parkway
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elk River Maintenance Facility (Compost Site)
19000 Proctor Road NW
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

**Please note, Elk River no longer has compost material available for residents to pick up per the Sherburne County Contractor Agreement.**