City extends free disposal of storm debris at WTE Facility, Northside Landfill

Curbside clean green pickup continues through Dec. 18

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

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 12:50 p.m.

As the community continues to clean up following Tuesday night’s windstorm, the City of Spokane has decided to extend its free emergency tree and yard waste storm debris disposal through Sunday, Nov. 29.

The work being done around the community is obvious. Nearly 306 tons of debris was delivered to the two facilities on Wednesday and Thursday this week. That number doesn’t include all of the material removed by City crews; those crews also are using an additional Water Department site for some of their work.

City crews are removing down trees from City right-of-way. Residents who need to clear storm debris from private property are encouraged to refer to the list of licensed arborists at Safety should be a priority; carefully inspect for downed power lines and gas leaks. City officials asked citizens to assist their neighbors who need help clearing their properties. Residents who use commercial services to remove trees shouldn’t pay for disposal if their contractors are taking advantage of free disposal services.

Tree and yard waste material is being accepted for free at the Northside Landfill, 5502 W. Nine Mile Road, and at the Waste to Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Waste to Energy Facility is open from 7:30 to 5 p.m. Both facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, however. All commercial customers should take storm debris to the Northside Landfill. 

Additionally, for smaller yard waste material in residential neighborhoods, the City has extended its curbside yard waste collection program for two additional weeks through Dec. 18.

Customers can place their yard debris from the storm in their green yard waste carts. Branches must be smaller than 3 inches in diameter. Curbside yard waste collection is a voluntary, subscription service.

The Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System also is accepting residential storm-related yard and tree waste for free at its North County Transfer Station, 22123 N. Elk-Chattaroy Road, and Valley Transfer Station, 3941 N. Sullivan Road, through Sunday. Hours for those facilities are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The County has announced its free service runs through Nov. 22, with an extension to Nov. 29 at the North County Transfer Station.

Due to the large volume of waste material, a temporary disposal area has been set up at the old compost facility located immediately south of the North County transfer station. Residents may dispose of material that does not exceed 3 inches in diameter or 6 feet in length at this site at no cost. The County facilities also are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Please note that the free disposal services are for clean green tree and yard waste, not shingles or other building materials.