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Facility tours, composting classes offered

Thu., March 1, 2012

The public is invited to tour the Waste to Energy facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd., beginning today, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Walk-in groups of 10 or fewer are welcome on Wednesdays and Thursdays; group tours for more than 10, individuals with special needs, and classroom groups can be arranged by calling (509) 625-6521. All tours include a video and a walking tour of the facility.

And, beginning March 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System will offer a free course for residents of Spokane County who want to learn how to reduce waste through composting.

The master composter/recycler program consists of seven courses, including lectures, hands-on sessions and participation in the Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on April 28.

Additional classes meet March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; April 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; April 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; April 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; April 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and the Compost Fair, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no fee for the course or written materials. In exchange for the training, participants are asked to volunteer at least 40 hours helping others learn more about composting and recycling.

The application deadline is March 15. Space is limited. To register and for more information call Kristine Major at (509) 625-6521 or visit


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