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Bellingham residents can get rid of branches for free April 1-8

Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005. Tree branches and woody debris will be accepted for free April 1-8 at Cowden Gravel on Hannegan Road in a replacement program for the now-ended Clean Green.
Bellingham residents unload yard debris at the Clean Green transfer station in 2005. Tree branches and woody debris will be accepted for free April 1-8 at Cowden Gravel on Hannegan Road in a replacement program for the now-ended Clean Green. The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham residents can drop off tree branches and other woody debris for free during the first week of April at Cowden Gravel.

Called Spring Clean, the drop-off will occur 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through April 8 at 4000 Hannegan Road.

Only yard waste that can go through a chipper for mulch will be accepted, so that means no grass clippings.

It is being organized by the city of Bellingham as a replacement for the 27-year-old Clean Green program, which the City Council decided in January to end.

Officials said then that yard waste from city residents would be accepted for free during two peak periods, once in spring and the other in fall, as well as after significant storms.

The former Clean Green program allowed anyone to drop yard waste at a transfer station in Bellingham for a fee on a weekly seasonal basis.

Kie Relyea

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