Garbage and Recycling
Keep cardboard clean and dry and remove any tape, rigid foam, plastic bags, wood, or large staples.
Curbside Collection - flatten and cut cardboard to a 3' x 3' bundle, taped or tied, and put inside your recycling cart.
Do not recycle these kinds of corrugated cardboard:
Corrugated cardboard boxes coated or wet strength made for storage in the refrigerator or freezer.
Corrugated cardboard boxes contaminated with food, grease, or other chemicals.
Why recycle corrugated cardboard?
Up to 65% less energy is required to make new paper from recycled paper than from virgin wood. Every ton of recycled paper saves approximately 17 trees.
What is corrugated cardboard recycled into?
Corrugated cardboard is collected, baled, and taken to a paper mill where it is mixed with hot water turned into pulp. The pulp is screened for contaminants, cleaned, often de-inked and bleached, and then made into paper products. Corrugated cardboard can be recycled into new corrugated cardboard, boxboard, puzzles, games, and items such as tablet backing.
Organic food waste recycling is available via our voluntary, free drop off program. Items are collected at home in special compostable bags and taken to two locations for collection. Click here Organics Recycling/Compost Organics Recycling/Compost Organics Recycling/Compost Organics Recycling/Compost for more information.
Sherburne County Hazardous Waste Events
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. Randy's brown carts will be replaced with Republic's services carts later in 2023. Watch for further updates.
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.