When you think of compostable material, do you think of things like concrete barriers, plastic edging material, a hydraulic pump of some sort, or painted boards littered with nails and screws? Well, apparently someone did, as this is the pile of illegally dumped debris pulled from the Elk River Compost Site (19000 Proctor Rd. NW) last week. To the resident(s) who illegally dumped this junk – congrats on the spring cleaning, but we doubt your neighbors and fellow taxpayers will appreciate the 40+ hours of staff time needed to sift through the compost pile to remove this junk, which then needed to be loaded into two dump trucks, and hauled to the landfill, where we picked up the tab.
Composting reduces solid waste, improves soil and water quality, provides nutrients to stimulate plant growth, and so much more. We love being able to offer this free service to residents, but our Compost Site is NOT your trashcan. The only materials accepted here include: grass clippings, leaves, sod, brush, and branches that do not exceed 6 inches in diameter. There is also a bin for disposing of oil, filters, and antifreeze. For more information on the Elk River Compost Site, please click here.