Residents still cleaning up from ice storm

Two weeks after a chilling ice storm sent branches crashing, the aftermath remains a prime topic of conversation throughout the Plateau.

As property owners clear their land of piles of unwanted limbs, a single question remains: where does all that greenery go?

In Enumclaw, the city has established a drop-off site at the Enumclaw Expo Center north parking lot. Residents have the option to self-haul debris at no cost.

The Expo Center site is for Enumclaw residents only. Proof of residency – in the form of a drivers License or city utility bill – is required. No commercial vehicles will be allowed to dump debris.

Accepted will be woody limbs and branches only. No leaves, clippings or other non-woody matter will be accepted. Limbs must not exceed 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter.

The Expo Center site will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The debris site will operate through Feb. 10.

Those living in the rural areas of King County have four locations where limbs can be disposed of, including the transfer station in Enumclaw.

Free wood debris recycling for county residents will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other sites are the solid waste facilities in Shoreline, Cedar Falls and Kent.

“In the aftermath of a major storm, it is important that King County work with citizens who are doing their part to recover,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who represents Southeast King County, including Enumclaw. “The people who are bringing in debris from the storm are often not just helping themselves; they are also pitching in and helping their neighbors as well. I applaud the decision to help citizens recycling this wood debris.”

The collection sites and events are exclusively for wood debris from the recent storms. Stumps, logs and limbs no longer than 6 feet in length are allowed – no brush, leaves, grass clippings, sod or soil can be accepted. These events are open to all King County residents. People bringing wood debris are reminded to secure their loads.

In Buckley, residents wishing to dispose of tree branches and debris from the recent winter storm also received help from the city.

The city and Waste Connections made large bins available at the Buckley Log Show Grounds during the weekend.

The Pierce County Damage Assessment Center is now collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the recent ice and snow storms online at

Those with questions can call the DAC at1-866-798-6363 or e-mail The DAC is open 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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