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Elk River Resource Processing Plant

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Elk River Resource Processing Plant is the facility where the municipal solid waste used to make refuse-derived fuel for powering Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station is processed. Refuse derived fuel (RDF) is a renewable energy source.

In late 2011, the Resource Processing Plant installed new equipment and implemented process improvements to capture more recyclable material and further reduce the already small amount of waste sent to landfills. Since then, all waste materials were recycled or processed into RDF.

Each day, municipal solid waste from Anoka, Hennepin and Sherburne counties is delivered to the Elk River Resource Processing Plant in Elk River, Minn. Steel, aluminum and items that cannot be burned are removed and the remaining waste is chopped up before it is delivered to Elk River Energy Recovery Station as refuse-derived fuel (RDF).

Over the course of a year, up to 300,000 tons of municipal solid waste is transformed into RDF. The RDF is hauled to the Elk River Energy Recovery Station where it is burned to generate enough electricity to power as many as 25,000 homes each year. By converting municipal solid waste to RDF we are able to generate electricity from a renewable resource while minimizing the waste that goes to a landfill, benefiting both our customers and the environment.

Turn your trash into electricity!

We accept waste from individuals who need to get rid of bulky items and other household waste.

The following rates apply:

Individual items:

General municipal solid waste disposal:

$68.00 per ton ($30.00 minimum)

Minnesota Solid Waste Management Tax: 17%

We accept all major credit cards

For more information, please call 763-441-3800

Waste may be delivered to Elk River Resource Processing Plant: 10700 165th Ave. NW, Elk River, Minn.

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday (Excluding some holidays)

Please note: We cannot accept major appliances, water heaters, hazardous waste, explosive material, asbestos, TVs, computers, monitors, flammable liquids or construction debris.

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