Garbage pickup, curbside recycling, and clean green pickup will be a day late all week, with Friday's pickup occurring on Saturday due to the Memorial Day holiday. Please have your carts out at point of collection by 6 a.m. on your collection day. See more information regarding city closures.

Hazardous Air Quality Will Impact Some Garbage Collection Today

Customers who are missed are asked to put out carts again on Tuesday

Marlene Feist, Public Works, (509) 625-6505


Monday, September 14, 2020 at 9:08 a.m.


2:30 p.m. Update: Night-shift garbage pickup in the downtown core will be suspended tonight because of air quality concerns for employees. Customers who receive downtown cart pickup during the night shift are asked to put out their carts out a day late all week, with Friday customers putting their carts out for pickup on Saturday.

Original Release: Some garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickup today in residential areas in  the City of Spokane will be delayed until at least Tuesday as the City endeavors to help protect workers in hazardous air quality conditions. Pack-out services are suspended today, and extra bags of garbage won’t be collected.

Garbage pickup done by automated trucks that allow Solid Waste Collections employees to stay inside their vehicles will proceed as normal today. Locations that require the use of smaller, rear loader trucks that require employees to load the garbage into the truck manually may not receive service today. The City will work to use other vehicles for pickup in these areas as much as possible. Commercial service is proceeding as usual.

Monday’s collection area is located primarily in Northeast Spokane. The boundaries for Monday pickup is represented by the light yellow on the City’s garbage pickup day map. The City restricts strenuous outdoor work by employees as much as possible when air quality dips into the hazardous range, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s index.  That index is available on the agency’s web site.

Solid Waste customers who are missed today should put their carts out again on Tuesday, Sept. 15, for collection. City crews are noting areas they were unable to access and will make the collections on Tuesday as long as air quality conditions permit.  The City will provide updated information if hazardous air quality conditions persist.