The four public compost sites located in Sherburne County are now gated and locked and require all users to obtain a key-card to access each site. All residents of Sherburne County are eligible to obtain one free key-card. Key-cards do not need to be replaced annually. Replacement key-cards are $5.00.
To obtain your key-card for the compost site, go into Big Lake City Hall (160 Lake St N) during the hours of 8 am-4:30 pm. Please bring your Drivers License.
Your key-card will work at the four compost sites listed below:
Becker Compost Site- 12456 153rd Ave SE, Becker, MN 55308
Big Lake Compost Site- 18041 198th Ave, Big Lake, MN 55309
Elk River Compost Site- 19000 Proctor Road, Elk River, MN 55330
Zimmerman Compost Site. There is no address associated with this site. From Fremont Ave go south on Main Street past the City Park Ball Fields. Look for a posted sign that says "Leaf & Brush Site". Go south past the Park n' Ride lot and continue on the gravel road for about a 1/4 mile until the entrance of the compost.
Directions to the Big Lake Compost Site:
Follow State Highway 10 east to County Road 43; turn south on County Road 43 to frontage road; turn left on frontage road and follow to the 2nd driveway on right; follow driveway back to the site which is located behind the Public Works Maintenance Facility.
Commercial Users and/or for hire operators may purchase a key card for:
$200.00 annually per vehicle;
$100.00 for any additional gate cards.
Click here for the printable application. Please bring into the Big Lake City Hall when ready to purchase an annual key card.