From Clean Green To Spring Clean
The Western Front
April 3rd, 2017
The City of Bellingham is offering a new way for local residents to dispose of tree branches and wood debris.
In 2016, Spring Clean replaced the Clean Green program Bellingham had used since 1989.
Sanitary Service Company, who has a contract with the City of Bellingham, will collect waste and send the different types of debris off to certain locations. Items able to be reused will go to Recycling & Disposal Services, Inc.
Any food waste will go to Green Earth Technology and recyclables will go to Northwest Recycling, Inc.
“Anything that comes in we are looking for a second use,” Pete Edwards, general manager of Recycling & Disposal Services said.
Edwards said the Clean Green program was costing the City of Bellingham too much money to continue, so they started the new program.
“We were finding that our cost per pound of disposal was increasing exponentially,” Eric Johnston, assistant director for Bellingham’s public works department, said. “Our ability to charge a fee to pay for that service could not keep up.”
“[Clean Green was] originally created to collect and reuse Bellingham’s organic material,” Johnston said. “As that program developed over twenty years, it became the victim of its own success.”