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.

City Curbside Solid Waste Collection Moves to 6 a.m.

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773

Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, City of Spokane residents are asked to have garbage and recycling ready at the curb by 6 a.m. on their designated collection day. Food and yard waste carts will also need to follow this schedule when services resume in March. Washington State Department of Labor & Industries adopted rules for outdoor employees. The earlier start time allows for flexibility when routes need to begin earlier because of operational adjustments for changing weather conditions like extreme heat and wildfire smoke impacting employee safety throughout the year.

The City’s Solid Waste Department employs approximately 120 people and some positions involve significant time outside of the vehicle to move dumpsters, pick up extra garbage, and perform equipment inspections. The department provides curbside collection services for garbage, recycling, and yard waste to City residents as well as a variety of commercial services for businesses. Residential collection information can be found on the City’s website.

If customers do not get their carts out in time and miss their collection, they can request it be picked up for a return trip fee. MySpokane 311 has three convenient options for requesting a “Missed Solid Waste Collection” service:

  • Self-service online at MySpokane311
  • Self-service through the MySpokane 311 mobile app available for iOS and Android
  • Call 311 or (509) 755-2489 if outside City limits 

Solid Waste Services Fast Facts:

  • 60 routes per day
  • Average of 30,680 residential cart pick-ups March through November and 840 commercial container pick-ups per day
  • Approximately 16,500 miles are driven by crews each week