City to Suspend Curbside Collection of Green Yard & Food Waste Carts for the Season on Dec. 3

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 2:34 p.m.

Curbside yard and food waste customers have until Friday, Dec. 3, to finish their fall yard cleanup before the City of Spokane suspends the collection service for the winter.

The optional Clean Green curbside yard and food waste collection 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. Please do not overload carts and make sure that the lids are fully closed.

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 $18.31 a month in 2022, 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 winter, avid recyclers and composters can still recycle yard and food waste at the City’s Waste to Energy (WTE) facility.  Clean green materials are accepted year-round at WTE, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The minimum charge is $6.11 for clean green material in 2021 and $6.29 in 2022. There is also a $2 self-haul fee.