Fall leaf pickup and street sweeping are now under way in Spokane with crews concentrating first on North Side neighborhoods. Street sweeping has started in Spokane Valley. There is no curbside leaf pick up in Spokane Valley.
Officials in both cities are telling residents not to rake leaves from their lawns into the street. Crews are supposed to clean up only the leaves that fall naturally into the street.
The work in Spokane began on Sunday and is expected to continue until mid-December.
Residents are asked to make sure that vehicles are not parked on the street when crews are scheduled in their neighborhoods.
Also, residents may get rid of their own leaves at the waste-to-energy incinerator on Geiger Boulevard or at transfer stations in Spokane County at 3941 N. Sullivan Road and 22123 N. Elk-Chattaroy Road. The first 100 pounds of leaves can be dropped off for free.
Additional leaves may be dumped at a reduced rate of $35 a ton, or 35 cents per 20 pounds.
Another method for disposing of leaves is to use a backyard compost pile.
“The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System recommends using one part brown materials, such as fallen leaves, to two parts green material, such as grass clippings. You can bag your dry leaves and save them for composting in the spring when you have grass clippings available,” according to a press release from Spokane City Hall.
For more information, check out the Solid Waste System’s Web site at spokanesolidwaste.org.
In Spokane Valley officials are reminding residents that leaves can clog storm drains, leading to potential street flooding. Always keep leaves out of the street and public right of way, especially near storm drains, said Carolbelle Branch, public information officer for Spokane Valley, in a recent press release.
If you only have a few leaves, mow over them while they are still dry. Smaller particles decompose more quickly and add nutrients to your lawn, she said.
Spokane Valley contracts with Triple A Sweeping for its fall and spring street cleanings. The fall cleaning started two weeks ago.
Raked leaves can also be used for mulch in flower beds. Regular raking is good for the lawn because leaves can prevent grass from getting the light it needs to grow.
Crews in Spokane were scheduled to clean the Woodridge, Driscoll Boulevard, Audubon Park, Pacific Park, Shadle Park, Indian Trail, Downriver, Clark Park, Hillyard and Northwest Boulevard areas earlier this week.
Work continues today in Northwest Terrace, Hillyard and Northwest Boulevard. The trucks and sweepers will then move to West Central, Indian Canyon and Westview areas Friday and Saturday.