Free yard waste chipping and disposal opportunities will be available in Twisp during April.
Okanogan County Solid Waste, in partnership with the Town of Twisp, Clean Air Methow and Fire Adapted Methow Valley, and with funding from Washington Department of Ecology, will waive fees for green yard waste brought to the Twisp Transfer Station, 12 Twisp Airport Road, on April 12, 14 and 16. The free service is open to all Methow Valley residents. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on each of those days.
Only natural vegetation is allowed, including branches and woody debris up to 4 inches in diameter and less than 3 feet in length, brush and shrubs, weeds pine needles and cones, leaves and grass clippings, flowers, plants, fruit and vegetable plant trimmings.
Bagged vegetation will be emptied and checked by staff to ensure it contains all-natural yard waste only. The limit is two yards of material.
Free curbside chipping of yard waste will be available in Twisp only starting April 12. Twisp Public Works, Clean Air Methow and Fire Adapted Methow Valley crews will be coming through town to chip yard debris piles starting at 8 a.m. on Monday and will continue until finished, which may take until April 14.
Andrew Denham, Twisp Public Works Director, noted that “Our [town-owned] chipper, purchased with a DOE grant, will support our residents’ smoke-free yard waste removal for wildfire safety.”
There is no need to pre-register. Place your piles curbside no later than Sunday night, April 11. Piles must meet specific criteria to be eligible for chipping; piles not meeting those guidelines will not be chipped. For complete information, visit www.cleanairmethow.org/news-events/springcleanup2021.
Free chips can be picked up at the town park in Twisp starting at 2 p.m. on April 12. You do not need to participate to take some chips, which can be picked up without pre-arrangements and must be self-loaded.
“We’re excited to see these collaborative projects advance and result in tangible success stories for our community,” said Nancy Farr, Fire Adapted Methow Valley’s Director.
Find more information at www.cleanairmethow.org. For information about Fire Adapted Methow Valley, email kat.heim.FAMV@gmail.com.