Storm debris accepted for free at two Spokane drop off centers

Storm debris accepted for free at two Spokane drop off centers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Ever wonder what happens to the trees that come down during a big storm? All the debris from last week's storm is now making its way to disposal sites across the region.

"It's the branches, the pine needles, the bushes, things that got torn apart," Marlene Feist with the City of Spokane said.

If you took care of your own yard work, you can drop off all the bits and pieces for free at the Waste to Energy Facility at 2900 S. Geiger Boulevard and the North County Transfer Station at North 22123 Elk Chattaroy Road. On Monday, there was a constant flow of vehicles entering the Waste to Energy Facility with to take advantage of the opportunity.

"I felt really lucky," David Meier said. "I had a large walnut tree in my backyard that I was really worried about, but it held up."

Tree limbs fell around Meier's Indian Canyon home on Wednesday. It took him eight hours to clean up.

"I pretty much did it on my own," Meier said.

Over the weekend, the two facilities saw a total of 600 people come through to drop off tree limbs.

"This whole area was clear out to the street," Roger Ault said about the long line of cars. "There were two places to come in on the main street and I just turned around and went home."

Ault is a regular customer. He tried coming on Saturday to drop off debris from his property, but ended up leaving and coming back later.

"It wasn't pickups full of little stuff," said Ault. "They were loaded up like I'm loaded here."

The two stations combined collected 150 tons of debris. That's 300 thousand pounds of sticks and leaves.

"We're talking some of the smaller material," Feist said.

If you haven't had the chance to take advantage of the opportunity, you still can. Both locations are accepting storm debris for free until Wednesday at 5 p.m. when they close. The city asks those who use the service to let the attendant know that it's from the storm.