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As piles of leaves, brush, pine needles and limbs grow higher in yards this fall, Deschutes County is offering residents a chance to recycle their yard debris at a discounted rate.

Starting Oct. 30, Deschutes Recycling will allow county residents to recycle their yard debris at $2 per cubic yard — half the regular rate.

The offer, part of the county’s FireFree program, is available through Nov. 6 at Knott Landfill and is being promoted to help residents improve the defensible space around their homes and other structures.

Residents are encouraged to use the offer as an alternative to fall burning, which pollutes the air and creates a risk for wildfire. Burning debris is not allowed inside the city limits of Bend. Outside of Bend city limits, residents should call their local fire department’s burn information line to find out if burning is allowed.

For more information about the FireFree program, residents can call Project Wildfire at 541-322-7129.

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