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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Man sleeping in dumpster injured when dumped into recycling truck in downtown Spokane

City officials say the man was dumped into a Sunshine Disposal and Recycling truck at about 5 a.m. unbeknownst to the driver.


Scott Windsor removal as head of Spokane’s garbage collection efforts draws City Council ire

A “leadership change” was cited as the reason for Scott Windsor’s removal after 10 years as head of the city’s solid waste management. Spokane City Council members said Monday night …


The view from the alley: On the garbage beat with Spokane’s swampers

Though much of the act of garbage collection has been automated in the City of Spokane, a handful of crews still collect waste the old-fashioned way - by hand. A …


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, …


Spokane’s recycled glass ends up in area landfill, due to lack of interested buyers

With traditional markets such as bottling companies and fiberglass manufacturers either inundated by product or going out of business, Spokane’s recycling collectors have turned to an area landfill to bed …


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 …


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.


Spokane County seeks volunteers for solid waste oversight committee

A 19-member board that will review potential rate changes at transfer stations operated by Spokane County seeks three private citizens to serve.


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 …


New state rule on apple maggot puts Spokane yard waste recycling at risk

An emergency rule issued last month by the Washington state Agriculture Department to protect the state’s $2 billion apple industry has threatened to derail Spokane’s curbside yard waste recycling program …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Spokane County cities considering trash-hauling changes

Several cities in Spokane County are considering major changes in the way garbage is collected. For residents, any changes result in an end to the practice of taking trash, clippings, …


Spokane Valley pursuing trash plan

Spokane Valley city leaders are open to joining the countywide garbage system but want to continue pushing forward with development of their own state-mandated plan so they can compare which …


Transfer station prices could go up if towns don’t join regional system

As the county takes control of the regional solid waste management from Spokane, area cities must decide how their municipalities will fit into the new system. Among the possible coming …


Transfer station prices could go up if Spokane Valley doesn’t join regional system

Spokane Valley residents who carry their own garbage to the Spokane Valley transfer station on North Sullivan Road could face higher charges if their city decides to pull out of …


Spokane to build new fleet service center

For the past 30 years, the city of Spokane has wanted to build new facilities to house its large-vehicle fleet operations in one location. On Monday, the City Council approved …


Spokane County votes to reorganize garbage service; residents shouldn’t notice

Spokane County commissioners voted Tuesday to reorganize the county’s solid waste system in such a way that should not affect garbage service and rates to customers. The city of Spokane …


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 …


City, county clash on transfer station plan

Spokane Valley and Spokane County are at odds over ownership of the Valley Transfer Station under a proposed regional trash disposal plan. During a joint meeting with the City Council …


Ownership of facility debated

Spokane Valley and Spokane County are at odds over ownership of the Valley Transfer Station under a proposed regional trash disposal plan. During a joint meeting with the City Council …


Spokane Valley considers trash options

Spokane Valley officials are looking at options for solid waste disposal before the city’s contract with Spokane expires in November 2014. Among the options: hauling trash by truck or train, …


Valley council talks trash at annual retreat

Tuesday afternoon was all about trash as Spokane Valley City Council members spent more than two hours of their annual daylong winter retreat talking about the future of solid waste …


Trash diet success

Evidence is piling up at the new recycling center serving the Spokane region: More is being recycled. One of the biggest signs of the change is the increasing demand for …


Valley council moves code amendments to second reading

The Spokane Valley City Council moved efficiently through several routine items Tuesday, including a city code amendment that will make a variety of changes. The council voted unanimously with Mayor …