City to resume yard & food waste collection on Monday, March 2

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Ready for spring yard cleanup? The City of Spokane will resume curbside yard and food waste pickup on Monday, March 2. The optional City service runs from March through November.

The 96-gallon green yard waste cart can be filled with all types of yard waste – grass, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, and small branches. Customers can even cut up and throw in the old Christmas tree that’s been parked in their yards 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.

Yard and food waste carts are collected on the same day as garbage and curbside recycling carts. The material is composted at a local facility. The cost of the service is $14.99 a month, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. City of Spokane Solid Waste Collection customers can add the service by calling the yard waste hotline at 625.7965.

Yard and food waste also can be recycled at the City’s Waste to Energy facility. The same yard and food waste materials are accepted year-round at the facility, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.