Compost Site

COVID-19 and Elk River Compost Site
Mach 27, 2020

With the warming weather and many residents doing their part to combat COVID-19 through #StayHomeMN restrictions, yard work is a nice way to productively pass the time. 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. Full details on COVID-19 related city closures can be 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 at the locations listed below:

Elk River City Hall
13065 Orono Parkway
763-635-1000
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Elk River Maintenance Facility (Compost Site)
19000 Proctor Road NW
763-635-1120
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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**Please note, Elk River no longer has compost material available for residents to pick up per the Sherburne County Contractor Agreement.**