Compost Site

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

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.

Access Pass

The site is gated and will require an access pass. Passes can be obtained at the locations listed below:

City of Elk River (City Hall)

13065 Orono Parkway
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Elk River Maintenance Facility (Compost Site)

19000 Proctor Road
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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. 

Accepted Items

  • Natural wood – no pallets or chemically treated lumber
  • Leaves
  • Yard waste - grass clippings
  • Sod
  • Brush
  • Branches (6” in diameter or less)
  • Oil, filters, antifreeze

Items NOT Accepted

  • Stumps
  • Rocks
  • Concrete
  • Plastic or Trash
  • Bags – empty and dispose of bags in dumpster or take home to reuse