City to Suspend Yard & Food Waste Collection for the Season at the end of November

Get your leaves, pumpkins, pine needs and yard debris cleaned up

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, (509) 625-6505

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Curbside yard and food waste customers have just over two weeks to finish their fall yard cleanup before the City of Spokane suspends the collection service for the winter.

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 – leaves, pine needles, grass, pumpkins, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, small amounts of sod, and branches.

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.

The cost of the optional collection service currently is $14.57 a month, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. The Spokane City Council will consider rates for utility services in the coming year at their Nov. 24 meeting. If proposed rates are approved, the cost of the service will increase slightly to $14.99 a month for 2015.  Customers can add the service by calling the yard waste hotline at 625.7965. More information on the service is found here.


Even after curbside collection is suspended for the winter, avid recyclers and composter can still recycle their yard and food waste at the City’s Waste to Energy facility.  Clean green materials are accepted year-round at the facility, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.