Food & Yard Waste Collection

Spokane has a comprehensive solid waste system, including an optional service to pick up yard waste and food scraps at the curb. Customers receive a green cart for their green waste.

The cart can take:

  • Food Scraps: Meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, breads, eggshells and nutshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags.
  • Food-soiled Paper: Pizza boxes, paper towels & napkins, non-shiny paper plates and cups, paper egg cartons, paper grocery bags with food scraps, and coffee filters.
  • Yard Debris: Grass, leaves, weeds, pine needles, thatch, plant trimmings, small amounts of sod, and branches less than 3 inches in diameter.

We'll collect it all and send it for composting.

The service runs from March through November, and is suspended during December, January, and February. Collection occurs on the same day as garbage pickup between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Current rates are listed on our Utility Rates page. If you need your cart emptied during the winter months, there is an extra charge of $4.58. Customers must retain the yard waste service for at least one year; customers who cancel the service before that time will pay a cart restocking fee of $31.05. Similarly, a customer who restarts the service less than a year after cancelling it will pay the same fee for redelivery.

Starting service? A yard waste cart will be delivered on your next collection day.

And, as always, if we've missed your collection or have only partially emptied your cart, call 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489). We'll work to remedy the situation.

For more information about composting, check out our composting page.

Sign up for Food & Yard Waste

Give us a call at 3-1-1 to start the service.