We need your help again – since posting about the trash pulled out of the Elk River Compost Site, staff have seen a substantial decrease in illegal dumping. Now, we’re hoping you can help address the littering issues we're experiencing in one of our beautiful parks. These pictures are just a fraction of what city staff pulled out of bushes in and around Rivers Edge Commons Park, today in downtown Elk River. Bottles, wrappers, food containers, diapers (literally enough soiled diapers to fill a trash bag by itself), you name it – all found its way not into the nearly empty trash and recycling cans placed throughout the park, but into the bushes and onto the ground. If you ask staff, they’d likely say the highlight of today’s park clean-up was the five-gallon bucket they filled entirely with cigarette butts! Let’s hold each other accountable and keep our parks, natural areas, and beautiful downtown litter-free!
Just a reminder, all Elk River parks are tobacco-free, this includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes. Trash and recycling cans are emptied several times per week in city parks, but if you see a full one, let us know and please use a different one to dispose of your garbage.
This isn’t a view we like to show off in Elk River.