Municipal Waste Collection

Elk River Municipal Utilities manages the collection services and residents pay bills through them.

If you have large bulky items or extra garbage bags to picked up curbside, please contact Elk River Municipal Utilities.

Doorside Service Request
For residents that request doorside waste collection services due to age or disability, please fill out this application and return it to the city for review. This service may require an additional fee from the hauler.

Recycle Coach

New Elk River's Recycle Coach™ App

Get up to date recycling/garbage collection information on your smartphone. Sign up for alerts so you never miss another collection day. Also learn about how to properly dispose of odd items.  Download App here.

Unaccepted Waste in curbside collection

  • Tires
  • Auto batteries
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Oil-based paint
  • Motor oil
  • Construction materials
  • Appliances
  • Yard waste
  • Human waste
  • Hazardous waste

Not sure what to do with your waste? View Business Hauler Guide. You can also search Earth911 for a list of recyclers around the country or call the Environmental Department at 763-635-1000.

Hazardous Waste

 Household hazardous waste items, such as paint, solvents, pesticides, or other various household cleaners can be disposed of at the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.  This service is FREE to Sherburne County residents. Sherburne County offers mobile collections throughout the year. Review the collection schedule.

Community Clean Up Days

Do you have a lot of junk to get rid of? Keep an eye out for local Clean Up Days. Items normally accepted at the City of Elk River Spring & Fall Clean Up Days are:

Furniture and mattresses
Propane tanks
CFL light bulbs
Miscellaneous trash
Scrap metal
Document destruction

 Please note that most items have a fee. See the 2017 Form for more information.

Yard Waste

Yard waste cannot be disposed in your garbage can. Yard waste can be disposed of at the Elk River Maintenance Facility compost site.

Medication Disposal Program

Properly disposing of unwanted medicines is important to prevent abuse or poisoning and protect the environment. Medications flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife, and end up in drinking water.

Sherburne County Residents can dispose of unwanted medicines for FREE at the drop box located inside the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office (13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed holidays).

Items accepted: 

  • Prescription drugs (pill or capsule)
  • Over the counter drugs (pill or capsule)
  • Please keep medication in its original container, keep drug name on container, remove patients name with a marker

Items not accepted: 

  • Sharps or pointed items (needles, syringes, Epi-Pens, Lancets)
  • Medication from hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. 
  • Non-drug items (glucose test meters, blood pressure equipment, etc.)
  • Liquid medication (cough syrup, etc.)


  • No identification is required
  • Bring medicine in its original container 
  • Cross out personal information with a marker
  • The drop box is self-serve. Pull the handle to open and drop the unwanted medicine into the box. 

Contact Sherburne County Zoning at 763-765-4450 or