Live Christmas Tree Recycling Available Now
In Elk River, curbside Christmas tree recycling is not available, however residents wanting to dispose of a live tree after the holidays can do so at the Compost Site (19000 Proctor Road).
The tree does not have to have to be cut up at all, however please ensure that all decorations, including lights, ornaments, and ribbons, are removed and tree is not in any sort of bag prior to drop off. Compost Site users must have an access pass which requires them to be a resident of Sherburne County.
Just a friendly reminder, the Elk River Maintenance Facility is no longer open for walk in services.
Compost Site Passes
Compost Site passes are available for Sherburne County residents only online here, and in-person at City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway) with proof of residency. Passes requested online will be sent out via USPS the following business day.
New Compost Site passes are free for the first card and $5 for a replacement card. Replacement card requests can be purchased online here. If you lose your pass, your old pass will be invalidated when you apply for a new one.
Compost Site Hours
The Elk River Compost Site is located at 19000 Proctor Road. Drop-off hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily. The site is monitored by security cameras and gated requiring an access pass.
- Yard waste - grass clippings, leaves
- 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.)
- Rocks and concrete
- Plastic or trash
- Bags – empty and dispose of bags in dumpster or take home to reuse
Accessing the Compost Site
Compost Site passes are valid at all cities that are part of the Sherburne County Municipal Recycling Board (Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, and Zimmerman).
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.
Sherburne County has made the decision to discontinue commercial compost site use county-wide. All commercial use passes issued previously were for one year and expired on December 31, 2020; new commercial passes are not being issued. Vendors who provide lawn and tree service to Elk River residents may dispose of compost at the Elk River site, but must have the compost pass for the resident they are performing the work for. Commercial haulers will need to dispose of material at a private composting facility or landfill site.
These changes were made due to the increasing volumes of compostable materials at all four compost sites within the county, and the decreasing availability of processors willing to grind and haul the materials away from the sites. As a result, costs to operate the compost sites have exceeded the authorized budgets provided by the county to the cities to operate the sites. The decision was made by the county with agreement from all four cities that commercial passes would no longer be issued in order to ensure these sites could continue to be available for residents.
**Please note, Elk River no longer has compost material available for residents to pick up per the Sherburne County Contractor Agreement.**