Don’t look now, but here comes Fall. And with that, the inevitable piles upon piles of leaves. But there’s a solution. Residents are encouraged to bring in their leaves for free disposal at one of several designated drop-off sites. The popular fall leaf coupon program, provided by City of Vancouver and Clark County public works, is back to help residents keep leaves out of streets, preventing clogged stormwater drains and localized flooding.
This year’s coupons are good from October 1 to December 31, allowing extra time to take care of fallen leaves, even during the holiday season. Vancouver and Clark County residents can drop off up to five cubic yards of leaves at the designated sites listed on the coupons. Loads of leaves must be covered, and bags must be emptied out at the disposal site. Please note: Branches and other yard debris, as well as mixed loads of leaves and other yard debris, are not covered by the coupon and will be charged at the regular disposal price.
Printed coupons are required and must be filled out to be eligible for free disposal of leaves. Remember: Drop-off sites don’t have coupons, so residents should plan ahead and get their coupons before heading out with a load of leaves. Coupons can be found at a variety of locations:
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– Printed in the Waste Connections recycling newsletter sent to all households in Clark County this fall
– Available for printing from the City’s Solid Waste webpage at: www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste. Coupons in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese are also available from the City website.
– Available for printing from Clark County Public Works’ webpage: www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/leaf-disposal
– Printed coupons available at Vancouver City Hall, City of Vancouver Utility Services, and other City offices.
Below are the designated disposal sites for this year’s leaf coupon program. Please call ahead for holiday hours.
– H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-2805. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in October; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in November/December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, all months.
– McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-6125. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, in October/November. Closed Sundays in December.
– Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union Street, Camas. Phone: 360-834-7253. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
– West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road. Phone: 360-737-1727. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Closed Sundays.
In Vancouver, property owners are responsible for managing the leaves from their trees. The City does not pick up leaves or offer a for-fee service to do so. Deliberately raking or blowing of leaves into the street and leaving them in the street is unlawful. Street sweepers are no match for big, wet, heavy piles of leaves, which lead to stormwater pooling in streets when fall and winter rains return.
The free leaf disposal program is intended to provide options for local residents with a lot of trees. Other options for leaf disposal include on-site composting or subscribing to Waste Connections’ yard debris collection services at www.wcnorthwest.com or by calling 360-892-5370.