SPOKANE – The leaves are beginning to fall and that means they are also beginning to accumulate wherever they land.
Rather than throw away the leaves in your trash or push them into the street, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System recycling coordinator Suzanne Tresko said there are several better options.
First of all, if you subscribe to a clean, green recycling cart service, you can simply put your leaves in the bin. Most recyclers are still taking those on normal schedule, but you should contact yours to find out.
Tresko also said you can drive your leaves to any of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System’s waste transfer stations where they will take leaves at a reduced rate
But the most self-sufficient and sustainable option, Tresko said, it to learn how to compost your leaves yourself. On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. you can learn how at the Fall Compost Fair & Leaf Festival at the John A. Finch Arboretum.
“You’re not paying for a truck to come by and pick it up. You’re not paying for all the resources that it takes and the equipment that it takes to turn those leaves into compost at a facility,” Tresko said. “Plus, you get the product. You get the compost to put back in your garden so you save money on both ends.”
Spokane County residents with proof of residency who complete the activities may also take home a free composting bin of their own.