This Friday, November 15 is America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. The City of Elk River offers several programs that make recycling as convenient as possible in today’s busy world.
Do you find yourself missing collection days, or unsure of what items are recyclable or not? Download the free Recycle Coach app on your Apple or Android device, and customize it according to your specific hauler and collection zone. In just minutes, your personalized garbage and recycling calendar will be equipped to send you weekly collection reminders wherever you are, in whatever format you choose (SMS/voice/email). You’ll also be notified when holidays or inclement weather impact collection schedules. Another cool feature of Recycle Coach is the 10,000+ item directory full of household items often disposed of improperly. Simply type in the name of the item you’re curious about, the app will either tell you if it’s accepted by your hauler, or give you a list of local vendors who will be happy to take it off your hands. Visit ElkRiverMn.gov/recycling to learn more about Recycle coach, hauler schedules and more.
The city also offers residents a free organics recycling drop off program, with two designated drop off locations at the Elk River Maintenance Facility and City Hall. Utilizing food waste from your home, organics recycling converts material that is otherwise trash into compost which can be used for fertilizer. New organics recycling customers are eligible for a free bin and supply of bags. Check out ElkRiverMN.gov/organicsrecycling for additional information or to sign up.