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Waste Management kicks in $18 million and recycling here gets a big upgrade

Spokane's waste-to-recycled products industry has been a little slow to catch up with the rest of the country.

But it is evolving. Spokane and surrounding communities like Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Post Falls have recently opted into the expanded recycling program launched recently by Waste Management Inc.

Sunday's story about the WM location, near the Waste to Energy Plant on Spokane's West Plains, gave a detailed look at how that waste is sorted, sifted, screened, divided, rolled and baled and shipped to processors.

It's a big deal. WM spent about $18 million to build the plant, plus hired about 35 people to operate it.

A telling piece of information: when operating at normal speed, the plant processes about 11 pounds of waste per second.

Photo: Dan Pelle / Spokesman-Review

Do you love those new blue recycling containers for curbside pickup?

Friday's a short snow day at Office Hours.

So, do you love your new Blue Cart, the 62-gallon containers area cities are giving residents to recycle more of their household stuff?

You can learn more about what happens to all that stuff when it gets hauled out to the Waste Management facility that opened in October. Look for the Sunday stor on that new MRF (materials recycling facility) at, on Nov. 11.

And let us add: Happy Holidays to all, even if it's way too early.

Where do your old blue city recycling bins end up? Here’s where

In the next week The SR will give readers a close-hand view of the new Waste Management SMaRT recycling center, at 2902 S. Geiger Blvd.

That's where the county's residents are sending their recycables, now being collected in those new blue single-stream curbside bins.

Among the tons of garbage being processed there are the old blue bins that Spokane city residential waste customers were using. Here's how they look when squashed and baled. The bales will go to regional recyclers for reuse.

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