City offers free curbside pickup,other options to get rid of old Christmas trees

Recycle gift wrap and packaging too

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

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

The holidays aren’t quite here yet, but the City is ready to help you clean up when the season is over. Citizens have several options to get rid of their trees, and the City also has tips to dispose of the ribbons, tags, boxes, and bags.

The City’s Solid Waste Collection Department will offer free curbside pickup for its customers Monday, Dec. 29, through Friday, Jan. 16. Once the decorations are removed, residents can place their fresh-cut trees at least three feet away from the refuse cart and recycling bin on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. No artificial or flocked trees for this service.

The City will accept trees up to 6 feet in height; if they’re taller than that, cut them in half. Loose branches may be bundled next to the tree not to exceed six feet. Trees collected curbside will be chipped and composted. For information, call Solid Waste Collection at 625.7878.  

City and County residents also can take their undecorated, unflocked trees for disposal to the:

  • Waste-to-Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd.
  • Spokane Valley Transfer Station, 3941 N. Sullivan Road.
  • North County Transfer Station, 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road.

Again, trees taller than 6 feet should be cut in half. Trees taken to these facilities are subject to the minimum charge for clean green disposal; they will be composted. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 477.6800.

Residents also should watch for opportunities to dispose of trees and help a good cause. Scouts, school groups, and other charitable organizations will dispose of trees for a donation.

Meanwhile, much holiday packaging is recyclable and can go into blue recycling carts. Gift wrap, except for metallic foil paper and cellophane, is recyclable, along with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper rolls. Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic wrap, gift bags, and tissue paper should go in the brown refuse carts.

Remember, the City won’t pick up garbage or recycling on Thursdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Curbside pickup will be a day late following each of the holidays, with Friday pickup occurring on Saturday.