FREE! It’s ‘extra yard waste’ month

(WSB file photo)

Don’t let that happen to your nearest storm drain(s) next time it rains – rake the leaves! Now that it’s November, you can put out up to 10 extra bags of yard waste for pickup without being charged extra, and Roland thought you might want to be reminded (thanks!). One note – that’s 10 bags total over the course of the month, NOT 10 bags extra per week. As noted in the city’s advisory, “Extra yard waste must be in paper bags or placed in an extra container that contains only yard waste. Fallen branches and twigs can be tied into bundles up to 4 feet long by 2 feet in diameter and tied with fiber twine. Do not use wire, nylon cording, or plastic banding.”

8 Replies to "FREE! It's 'extra yard waste' month"

  • HS November 3, 2019 (11:18 am)

    Thanks for this! Also leaves are great mulch.

    • WSB November 3, 2019 (12:16 pm)

      True! The ones that fall in our backyardlet get left in place.

  • Mj November 3, 2019 (5:03 pm)

    Thanks for the heads up.  Leaves are good mulch but can suffocate grass if too much builds up

  • Onion November 3, 2019 (9:04 pm)

    Yard and organic waste volumes vary widely throughout the year. We fill our large bin in spring and fall, but have very little in midsummer and winter (just kitchen scraps). I wish SPU would develop a fee system that gives us a break during the lean months, so we can use the savings during the heavy volume months. 

    • Olafur November 3, 2019 (11:24 pm)

      ??  They’d have to keep the average cost the same for the year, so you’d pay much higher rates in the spring and fall, then.  I think most people would prefer to have it spread out evenly.  I’m more concerned that the drivers won’t empty my bin if there are only a few kitchen scraps in the bottom…so they just rot and turn to slime in the bottom of the bin.

  • Mj November 4, 2019 (12:16 pm)

    Onion simply get a smaller container and stage excess yard waste for the next pick up when you have extra during a week.

  • jno November 5, 2019 (5:13 pm)

    The city could do a much better job communicating that this promotion is *not guaranteed*. I called to report additional containers being missed (the city container was emptied) and was told that it is picked up only if “the contractor has extra space in their vehicle.”

  • KM November 5, 2019 (5:24 pm)

    Now, if I could only get a smaller recycling bin!

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