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Spring is a great time to clean out your home or garage, getting rid of items you no longer need or use. But with that, comes an increase in waste, especially with items that can be difficult to dispose of properly. When you complete your spring cleaning this year, consider utilizing some local options before putting everything in the trash.

Local Donation Sites

If you find items that are still in good conditions, consider donating or selling them. Elk River is home to Goodwill and The Salvation Army, both businesses accept donations for a variety of items, just be sure to check their website or give them a call for full details on specific items. 

Sell Items Online

Sites like Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark and OfferUp are great places to sell (and buy) items. Not only does is usually save you money compared to buying something new, but it reduces waste by repurposing something you no longer need by giving it new home/owner! 

Host a Garage Sale

If you or your neighbors have a lot of items to get rid of, consider hosting a garage sale. This year Elk River will host a Citywide Garage Sale May 19-21. Garage sale registration is already available on the city’s website now through May 13.

SwappER Shop Events 

On Saturday, May 21 you’re invited to the City of Elk River’s first-ever SwappER Shop at the Sherburne County Fair Grounds from 9:00-11:00 a.m. What’s cool about these pop-up exchange events are the varying themes, where people are invited to donate gently used theme-related items that are no longer useful to them. It also provides you the opportunity to take home your own “new to you” treasures donated by other SwappER shoppers! What’s more, these are totally free to attend, and no money is exchanged at all - everything must be given and taken freely. 

The inaugural SwappER Shop event on May 21 is garden themed, where we’re looking for donations of lawn and garden décor, bird houses, bird feeders, planters, shovels, rakes, hand tools, and more! 

Proper Disposal

What about those items that you can’t sell, donate, or repurpose? Make sure you dispose of them correctly! Join us on Saturday, April 23 for the Elk River Spring Clean Up Day from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Maintenance Facility. We will offer recycling and disposal for electronics, appliances, mattresses, scrap metal, batteries, light bulbs, car seats and more. We are also accepting plastic bags for free. Check out the website for more details, including disposal fees. 

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