Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, 509.625.6505
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.
Ready for spring yard cleanup or at least spring? The City of Spokane is trying to urge Mother Nature along as it resumes curbside yard and food waste pickup on Monday, March 3.
The optional City service runs from March through November. The 96-gallon green yard waste cart can be filled with all manner of yard waste – grass, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, and branches. Customers can even cut up and throw in the old Christmas tree that's been parked along the side of the house for weeks.
Customers also can dispose of food scraps and food-soiled paper in the carts. Acceptable scraps include meat, poultry, fish, beans, dairy products, fruit, vegetables, breads, grains, pasta, eggshells, nutshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and leftovers. Acceptable food-soiled papers include greasy pizza boxes, coffee filters, paper towels, paper napkins, uncoated paper plates and cups, paper egg and berry cartons, and paper grocery bags with food scraps.
Customers put their yard and food waste carts out the same day they haul their garbage and curbside recycling carts to the curb. The material is composted at a local facility.
The cost of the service is $14.57 a month, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. City of Spokane Solid Waste Management customers can add the service by calling the yard waste hotline at 509.625.7965.