Residents are encouraged to use a clean green cart for leaves and yard waste

Residents are encouraged to use a clean green cart for leaves and yard waste

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 4:27 p.m.

Curbside and food waste yard customers have until Friday, Dec. 2 to complete their fall yard cleanup before the City of Spokane suspends collection service for the winter. The optional Clean Green curbside food and yard waste collection service is offered March through November.

Weather conditions over the past month have presented unusual circumstances for leaf raking, snow removal and stormwater runoff. Abnormally warm temperatures until mid-October prevented leaves from turning and dropping. Followed by a rapid drop in temperature, rain and snow; many trees have not lost their leaves. These cold temperatures continued, leaving a combination of snow and ice in the grip and delaying leaf pick-up routes across the city.

“We need the help of the community to remove as many leaves from their yards as quickly as possible before winter to help keep the right-of-way and storm drains clear,” says Streets Manager , Clint Harris.

How you can help

Residents who sign up for the optional clean green cart service are asked to put as many leaves and yard waste as possible in their green carts by December 2. This will help reduce the number of blocked storm drains, which often cause urban flooding and snow removal and plowing challenges. Never push the yard leaves onto the street. Take the time to make sure there is a clear path for stormwater and snowmelt to reach the sewers on neighborhood streets.

The 96 Gallon Green Yard Waste Cart can be filled with all types of yard waste: leaves, pine needles, grass, pumpkins, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, small amounts of grass and branches. Please do not overload carts and ensure lids are securely closed.

Customers can also throw leftover food and food-soiled paper into the carts. Acceptable leftovers include meat, poultry, fish, beans, dairy, fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, 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 containing leftover food.

The cost of the optional collection service will be $18.84 per month in 2023, free of charge when the service is suspended for the winter. Customers can add service by calling the City at 311 within City limits or (509-755-2489).

Even after curbside collection is suspended for the winter, recyclers and composters can still recycle yard waste and food waste at the city’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facility. Clean green materials are accepted year-round at the WTE, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The minimum fee is $6.29 for clean green materials in 2022 and $6.47 in 2023. There is also a self-carrying fee of $2.06 in 2022 and $2.12 in 2023 .