Bellingham’s Clean Green opens Saturday for yard waste

Whatcom County residents can get rid of their yard waste starting Saturday, April 4, at the Clean Green Transfer Station.

Clean Green is opening a month later than usual this year, and will have its last day Nov. 1.

The station is at Lakeway Drive and Woburn Street in Bellingham. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The fee to drop off residential yard waste is $10 a load. A load is one pickup truck or trailer of comparable size. Trucks with an additional trailer will be charged for the additional load.

Cash is required; no change is provided.

Items accepted include:

•  Grass, leaves and garden trimmings.

•  Shrub and hedge trimmings.

•  Limbs less than 7 feet long and 8 inches in diameter.

The city operates the transfer station, which is open to all Whatcom County residents. Collected yard waste is processed and then hauled to Skagit County to be turned into compost.

Last year the Bellingham City Council increased the fee and shortened the season to raise revenue and cut operating costs, city officials said then.

Started in 1991 by the city of Bellingham and Whatcom County, the Clean Green program is subsidized by solid waste tax revenue.

Other options for disposing of yard waste are available as well: Sanitary Service Company, which charges $8 a month for curbside pickup; Recycling & Disposal Services, which charges 3.3 cents a pound to drop off yard waste at its 4916 Labounty Drive facility; and Green Earth Technology, which charges 2.2 cents a pound for drop off at its 774 Meadowlark Drive location.

Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling also offers curbside service for yard waste at a cost of $9 a month in Lynden and $6 a month for Everson, Nooksack and Sumas.

Type “ Clean Green” in the search window of cob.org to learn more about that service. Or call the Bellingham Public Works Department at 360-778-7700.