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915 N. Nelson St., Spokane, WA 99202 • 509.625.7878 (phone) • 509.343.9652 (fax)
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After the Storm & Thanksgiving Week
We are operating on regular schedule. Please put your refuse, recycling and yard waste carts in the regular location for collection. We will make every effort to empty your carts. In areas with downed power lines and trees, we may have to return later in the day or another day when the area is safe and becomes accessible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. For customers signed up for the optional green curbside yard waste cart service, billing will be discontinued November 30th but the City is extending collection for two additional weeks through December 18th at no charge to assist with storm cleanup. Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th. The collection schedule Thanksgiving week is as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday areas will be on regular schedule. Thursday and Friday areas will be collected one day late (Thursday will be picked up on Friday and Friday will be picked up on Saturday). Downtown night routes are not affected by the holiday and remain on regular schedule always.

Food Scraps & Yard Debris Collection


NO TRUCK?  NO TIME?  NO WORRIES!  We can help by collecting your food and yard waste weekly at the curb.  This economical and convenient service is optional. 

RATES.  For Food Scrap & Yard Debris Collection rates, please click here.

AUTOMATED TRUCKS.  The City's Solid Waste Management Department is set up on an advanced automated system where our trucks are equipped with a lifting mechanism on the side that picks up and empties your container.  Food Scraps & Yard Debris Collection customers are furnished with special automated carts that are durable and easy to roll out for collection.  This operation allows us to collect refuse and recycling more efficiently, which stabilizes the cost, improves service and reduces work-related injuries.  Click here to see how our truck works!

MONTHS OF OPERATION.  Months of operation are March thru November.  The service is suspended December, January and February (no monthly billing or collection).  Please store your cart somewhere safe during the winter months.  If you need your cart emptied during the winter months, there is an extra charge each time it is emptied.  Please click here to see the rates and additional fees. 

COLLECTION TIMES.  Residential collection occurs on the same day as the garbage, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (due to unforeseen events and obstacles we cannot guarantee a set time).  Please make sure to have your cart out by 7:00 a.m. for collection in the designated area.  Your driver may arrive earlier or later than what you are used to on any given week.

PLACEMENT.  Please keep your carts at least 3 feet away from each other and any vehicles or other obstacles so it does not interfere with your collection.  Make sure that the cart is not under an eave or basketball hoop and away from a fence.  Your cart needs to be within 2 feet of the curb or edge of the alley so the truck arm can reach it.  Please make sure that the lid opens towards the street or alley.

MISSED?  The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is dedicated to providing efficient and friendly service.  If for some reason we have missed your collection or have only partly emptied your cart, please call us immediately at 509.625.7878 and we will make every effort to return within the same day or the next to remedy this situation (Friday collection will be picked up on Monday; we are closed weekends).

LIMITATIONS.  Please do not overload the Food Scraps & Yard Debris Cart (200 lb. weight limit).  Carts that are over the weight limit will be charged an additional fee.  Material cannot extend outside of the cart.  Extra acceptable material, no longer than 4 feet in length, may be bundled and placed next to the cart for an additional charge.



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Spokane Solid Waste Collection
915 N. Nelson St.
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
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