City of Bellingham offering free storm debris drop off

The City of Bellingham is offering free drop off of storm debris this week at the Geri Field parking lot in the Civic Athletic Complex. Free tree limb drop off for Bellingham residents started at noon on Monday, Aug. 31, according to a press release from the City.

The site, located at the corner of Fraser and Puget Streets, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of this week, closing on Friday, Sept. 4. The city is accepting tree limbs and branches of any size. The service is available all city residents and property owners. Grass clippings will not be accepted, nor will loads from hauling services and commercial establishments.

“This weekend’s storms left our community covered with downed trees and branches. By offering this temporary service free of charge to our residents, we hope to offer a safe and easy way for folks to properly dispose of this debris,” said Ted Carlson, Public Works director, in the city’s press release.

Other storm debris removal options are available to the community for nominal fees. Sanitary Service Corporation(SSC) offers regular curbside pickup of organic material through their FoodPlus program and offers a limited curbside pickup of larger organic debris. Regional Disposal Services(RDS), at 1524 Slater Road, in Ferndale, accepts organic debris drop off. All organic material collected by SSC or disposed of at RDS is composted and re-used in Whatcom County by Green Earth Technology.

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