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Here’s how to get rid of your ‘woody debris’ for free

Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005.
Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005. The Bellingham Herald file

Bellingham residents can drop off tree branches and other woody debris for three days later this month.

Cowden Gravel, at 4000 Hannegan Road between Sunset Drive and Bakerview Road, will take woody debris from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27-Oct. 29.

Crews from the city’s Public Works Department will take branches and woody material, but not dirt or grass clippings or material that cannot go through a chipper for mulch.

The service is being organized by the City of Bellingham as a replacement for its popular Clean Green program, which the city ended in 2015 after more than two decades. The former Clean Green program allowed Whatcom County residents to drop yard waste at a transfer station in Bellingham for a fee on a weekly seasonal basis.

There are other options for year-round disposal of yard waste and compost, including:

▪ Sanitary Service Company (SSC) - Food+ is an every other week curbside pick-up program

▪  Green Earth Technology off Hannegan Road south of Lynden.

▪  Recycling & Disposal Services in Ferndale.

▪  Nooksack Valley Disposal, which serves Lynden and other north county areas.

▪  Compost your own. To learn about composting, visit WSU Whatcom County Extension.

Bellingham residents already receive curbside garbage pick-up and recycling services through SSC. To add the Food+ option, contact Sanitary Services at 360-734-3490.

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