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This is why Bellingham residents can no longer drop off their woody yard waste for free

Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005. The City of Bellingham ended the Clean Green program in 2016.
Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005. The City of Bellingham ended the Clean Green program in 2016. The Bellingham Herald file

The city will no longer operate a seasonal drop-off service for woody yard waste for Bellingham residents.

The service was organized by the City of Bellingham as a replacement for its popular Clean Green program, which the city ended in 2016 after nearly three decades.

Bellingham and Whatcom County started the program in 1989, but the county stopped subsidizing Clean Green in 2015.

The city ended Clean Green the following year but kept the seasonal drop-off as it phased out the service. That has been completed, Bellingham officials announced Wednesday.

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, and city officials said they don’t want to compete with local businesses. Those options include:

▪ 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 or ssc@ssc-inc.com.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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