Food and Yard Debris

Food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard debris are collected in the "Clean Green" program where they are taken to a commercial composting facility to be made into a soil amendment.

What materials are acceptable and not acceptable as Clean Green?

Acceptable items include:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Fruit & vegetable scraps
  • Meat, fish, poultry, and bones
  • Bread, pasta and grains
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Tea bags and tea leaves
  • Dairy products (non-liquid)
  • Pizza delivery boxes
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Uncoated, non-shiny paper products
  • Houseplants (no pots, shake off dirt)
  • Tree branches (under 6’ long & 3” thick)
  • Weeds
  • Twigs, branches, and roots
    Flowers
  • Sod (3 inches thick, no dirt and rocks)


Please DON’T put these items in your Clean Green cart:

  • No plastic bags, containers
  • No liquids
  • No “shiny” paper
  • No milk or juice cartons
  • No personal hygiene products
  • No diapers
  • No Styrofoam
  • No plastics of any type
  • No pet waste or litter
  • No grease
  • No glass
  • No aluminum foil
  • No metal of any kind
  • No treated wood
  • No dirt or rocks
  • No materials with offensive odors

When in doubt, leave it out!

Food Scrap Collection

Download the Clean Green cart sticker here.

Do you have questions about adding food scraps to your Clean Green cart? Check out the frequently asked questions here.

Reducing Yard Debris

Grass-Cycling

This is a simple, natural approach to lawn care.It is estimated that grass clippings make up about 90% of the total yard trimmings generated in the Spokane area between mid-April and October. Leaving finely chopped grass clippings on the lawn improves the health of your lawn and lowers your disposal costs. Click here to learn more

Home Composting

Home composting is an economical and convenient alternative to bagging yard debris for disposal or hauling it to transfer stations. Composting, a form of "natural" recycling, takes ordinary green and brown yard waste and transforms it into a superior soil amendment that improves the health of plants. Compost enhances water absorption and is an attractive mulch that promotes weed and erosion control. Use compost on your yard and garden to improve your soil and plants. Save money and resources! Worm bins can dispose of kitchen scraps. For more information, click here or call the Recycling Hotline at (509) 625-6800.

Hauling Clean Green Debris

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System provides clean and convenient, one-stop drops for recyclables, household hazardous waste, yard waste, and trash. Click here for information on locations.
For hours of operations and fees, click here.

Secure Your Load .... Or it Will Cost You!

For more information, call the Recycling Hotline 625 - 6800.

Curbside Collection

Garbage haulers may offer optional curbside collection subscription service for residential yard debris/Clean Green debris pick-up. Haulers transport the yard debris to Spokane Regional Solid Waste System sites.Call your garbage hauler for details:

Solid Waste Management: (509) 625-7878
Services City of Spokane residents.

Waste Management, Inc.: (509) 924-9400
Services the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Deer Park, Airway Heights, and most of the unincorporated areas of Spokane County (north and east of the City of Spokane.)

Sunshine Disposal & Recycling:(509) 924-5678
Services Fairchild AFB, Medical Lake, Newman Lake (north of Trent) and unincorporated Spokane County (west of the City of Spokane and north of Deer Park.)

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