City to Suspend Curbside Yard & Food Waste Collection on Dec. 2

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

Marlene Feist, City of Spokane Public Works & Utilities, (509) 625-6505

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 3:25 p.m.

Curbside yard and food waste customers have until Friday, Dec. 2, 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 will be $15.87 a month in 2017, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. Customers can add the service by calling the yard waste hotline at 625.7965.

Even after curbside collection is suspended for the winter, avid recyclers and composters 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.