City to Suspend Curbside Collection of Green Yard & Food Waste Carts

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:55 a.m.

Curbside yard and food waste customers have until Friday, Nov. 30, 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.

Do not to put leaves in plastic bags inside or next to the green yard waste carts. Yard waste carts with plastic bags are billed as regular garbage. Paper lawn and leaf bags can be purchased online or at most local home improvement stores.

The cost of the optional collection service will be $16.80 a month in 2019, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. Customers can add the service by calling the City at 3-1-1.

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. The cost is $5.61 for up to 220 pounds of clean green material.