Organics Recycling / Compost

Organics Recycling Program Change

The City of Elk River will no longer be able to offer curbside organics recycling due to the closure of Great River Energy’s Trash-to-Energy facility. In the past, organics collected in the Blue Bags were hand sorted at the facility and taken to a commercial composting facility. We will now be offering a free, voluntary drop-off program!

Collect food waste and other items listed below at home in Blue Bags and then bring them to one of the drop-off facilities below:

Elk River City HallElk River Compost Site
13065 Orono Parkways19000 Proctor Road NW
Weekdays 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Front Desk)          5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dumpster accessible anytimeFree to Elk River residents with a compost card

Please be aware these dumpsters are for organics recycling only. Both sites are monitored; please do not leave items other than your organics waste. Dumpsters are clearly labeled Organics Only.

City Hall Dumpster
Compost Site Organics Dumpster

Acceptable Items for Organics Recycling

  • All food scraps including fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products, bread, cereal, pasta, beans and rice
  • Meat, fish, bones, egg shells and nuts
  • Non-recyclable paper including napkins and paper towels
  • Pizza boxes and other food-soiled paper
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags

Unacceptable Items for Organics Recycling 

  • Metal of any kind including foil, cans and metal
  • Plastic coated items and frozen food boxes
  • Clothing even if natural fibers
  • Large amounts of free liquids 
  • Liquids, oil or grease
  • Diapers or pet waste
  • Microwavable popcorn bags
  • K-Cups

If you are interested in participating, email Amanda Bednar and we will ship a year's supply of Blue Bags to your house at no cost.