Scott Windsor

Put fall yard cleanup on your to-do list

Scott Windsor, Solid Waste Management Director, No Phone Number Available

Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.

Put fall yard cleanup on your to-do list

Calling all curbside yard and food waste customers, you have two more weeks to finish your fall yard cleanup before we suspend this popular service for the winter. Yard and food waste service runs from March through November.

The service comes with a 96-gallon green yard waste cart can be filled with all manner of yard waste—grass, leaves, pine needles, 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.

Customers put their yard and food waste carts out the same day they haul their garbage and curbside recycling bin to the curb. The material is composted.

The cost of the service currently is $14.16 a month, with no charge when the service is suspended for winter. The Spokane City Council is considering rates for utility services in the coming year at their Nov. 18 meeting at 6 p.m. If proposed rates are approved, the cost of the service will increase slightly to $14.57 a month for 2014.

Ultimately, curbside yard waste collection is part of our full range of environmentally responsible management solutions for all the waste streams in our community. And, we're proud to say we offer our services at a competitive price. We are working to live out the waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

City of Spokane Solid Waste Management customers can add the yard waste service by calling the yard waste hotline at 509.625.7965 or enrolling on-line at And watch for information soon on our annual holiday tree recycling service!

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