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Drop off tree branches, storm debris for free in Bellingham

John Stewart strings caution tape around his Eldridge Avenue property after a tree fell onto his house on Saturday, Aug. 29, in Bellingham, Wash.
John Stewart strings caution tape around his Eldridge Avenue property after a tree fell onto his house on Saturday, Aug. 29, in Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

City residents who have tree branches and other woody debris from the weekend storm can drop them off this week at part of the Civic Athletic Complex.

Tree limbs and branches of any size will be accepted at the Geri Field parking lot, at the corner of Fraser and Puget streets, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, Sept. 4.

This service is available only to city residents and city property owners; no loads from hauling services or commercial enterprises. Also, no grass clippings will be accepted.

“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 a press release.

People also may put branches up to 7 inches in diameter in their SSC Food Plus toter for composting. Contact SSC at 360-734-3490 for possible pickup of larger debris. Or people can drop off tree limbs and other organic material at Regional Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive at Slater Road, for a fee.

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