Stories tagged: garbage
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years
The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage
Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.
UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.
Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday
The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world
More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020
Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
North Dakota, feds address garbage left at pipeline protest camp
Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Spokane asks residents to leave trash on curb by 7 a.m. starting Feb. 27
Residents will be asked to leave their garbage carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day beginning Feb. 27, to coincide with route changes instituted to lower costs, …
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses
Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 6 a.m.
City, county officials eyeing rate hikes for garbage disposal
Spokane County officials have proposed a 3.5 percent increase in rates to dispose of garbage at the county’s two transfer stations in Colbert and Spokane Valley.
Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 4 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene hopes to keep some glass containers out of landfill
Bottles and jars have gone straight to the dump for almost nine years in Kootenai County. The city of Coeur d’Alene is looking to keep some of that glass out …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 6 a.m.
Antarctic waste, football helmets, mattresses all incinerated in Spokane
Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy burns a variety of waste from all over the world. In addition to confiscated drugs and guns it’s the final resting place for recalled Ikea furniture, 50 old …
Wed., June 22, 2016
City survey seeks input on garbage collection
Spokane Valley is soliciting input from businesses and residents in preparation for the solicitation of proposals for a new garbage collection contract.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 10:32 a.m.
Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional
An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 7:42 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene dumps Waste Management as hauler
After 16 years of collecting garbage in Coeur d’Alene, Waste Management has lost its contract with the city. The City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-1 to award a new …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015
Spokane Valley resident questions changes to yard waste fees in windstorm’s aftermath
At least one Spokane Valley resident is upset about fees charged to dispose of yard waste at a nearby transfer station, while other areas of the county remain free.
Tue., July 7, 2015
Waste management workers face high injury, fatality rates
The truck lurched forward and stopped abruptly every few seconds, then rocked side to side as a mechanical arm slung bottles, cans and stacks of cardboard into a receptacle in …
Fri., July 3, 2015
Spokane County lawsuit targets private garbage collections by Sunshine Disposal
Garbage that should be delivered to the transfer stations owned by Spokane County is instead going to a privately owned facility in Spokane Valley, resulting in a loss of expected …
Thu., Dec. 11, 2014
23,500 Spokane County residents face 10 percent garbage rate hike
Private contractor Waste Management is asking thousands of Spokane County residents to pay about 10 percent more for trash collection beginning next year, a move that has some city and …
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Garbage collection services change today, but users shouldn’t notice
Spokane County and its cities have been shuffling for more than a year preparing for a change in ownership of garbage collection services. Officials say if all goes according to …
Sat., Oct. 25, 2014
Spokane County drafting solid waste disposal ordinance
A 25-year contract between the city and county for disposal of solid waste will end next month, and Spokane County will take the reins operating two disposal sites in Spokane …
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014, 9:52 a.m.
Investigators: Waste plant fire may be tied to acid in truck
Investigators believe a small fire at the Waste to Energy facility near Spokane International Airport was tied to a call earlier in the day of a bubbling acid in the …
Sat., June 21, 2014
Valley residents may face added fee for dumping at county sites
Spokane Valley residents who haul their own garbage to the regional transfer station on Sullivan Road are being told they should contact Spokane Valley City Council members if they have …
Thu., June 5, 2014
Spokane Valley won’t join regional waste system
After years of discussions and negotiations over regional garbage disposal, Spokane Valley is going its own way and a handful of other cities appear poised to follow. Valley leaders decided …
Sun., May 25, 2014
Sunshine Disposal and Recycling proposes plan for Valley garbage market
A regional trash hauler that got its start a century ago collecting garbage with horse-drawn wagons is positioning itself for a potentially big expansion. With the countywide solid waste system …
Thu., April 17, 2014
Spokane to take over Waste-to-Energy Plant operations
The company that has operated Spokane’s electricity-producing trash incinerator on the West Plains for more than two decades is getting a pink slip. Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. was advised Wednesday by …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Ray Street sewer work draws concerns
As the city begins construction of combined sewage overflow tanks to keep untreated wastewater out of the Spokane River, some residents oppose how the project is being carried out and …
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013
Spokane County may take control of area garbage system
Control of Spokane’s regional garbage management system would shift from City Hall to the county courthouse under a reorganization intended to improve the system’s political fairness. But residents aren’t likely …
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
Spokane garbage deal is best, consultant says
Local government officials seeking to reorganize the region’s garbage system will find their best deal in an offer being made by the city of Spokane, a consultant reported on Wednesday. …
Thu., May 2, 2013
Overall garbage rates rise in Spokane Valley
Recycling and collecting yard waste is poised to cost more starting this month and drive overall garbage rates higher in Spokane Valley and parts of Spokane County. The Washington Utilities …
Wed., Feb. 6, 2013
Commissioners approve new garbage dumping fees
The cost of hauling garbage to Spokane’s trash plant or transfer stations is likely to go up for household haulers but down for the large garbage collectors. Spokane County Commissioners …