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In brief: City hosts open house to talk solid waste plan

Sat., July 26, 2014

Spokane Valley – Looming changes in Spokane Valley’s solid waste system will be discussed Thursday during an open house at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave.

As part of the city’s upcoming switch to Sunshine Disposal and Recycling for garbage transfer and long haul services, a new state-mandated solid waste management plan is being developed to guide the Valley’s efforts. The open house is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. in council chambers; city staff will be on hand to explain the changes and answer questions.

For most people, little will change. Waste Management crews will still handle residential curbside pick up but all garbage and recyclables from the Valley must be taken to the Sunshine’s facilities at 2405 N. University Road beginning this fall instead of to the regional transfer sites at Sullivan and in Colbert that soon will be owned and operated by Spokane County. Sunshine is expanding its transfer site operations.

Community members also can submit comments about the draft plan on the city website,

City Council takes break from meetings

Spokane Valley – The City Council is taking a short break.

No weekly meetings are scheduled for Tuesday or Aug. 5, according to the city, though several council members are expected to attend Thursday’s open house about the Valley’s solid waste management plan.

The next council meeting is set for Aug. 12.

Grocery Outlet stores sponsor drive for food bank

SPOKANE COUNTY – Area Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets are teaming up with local food banks for the store’s fourth annual Independence From Hunger Food Drive through Thursday.

Customers can find specially marked high-need food items they can purchase and place in the collection bin at the front of the store, purchase a pre-made bag filled with a variety of groceries or tell their cashier they would like to make a donation.

There will also be information at each store about hunger, food insecurity and local and national resources.

At the Grocery Outlet at 4210 E. Sprague Ave., proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. At the downtown store, 1617 W. Third Ave., proceeds will benefit Crosswalk. At the store at 7810 N. Division St., proceeds will benefit the Mead Food Bank.

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