Stories tagged: trash
Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Growing trash pile at Thurston County property raises concerns
City officials say they have not been able to get much done on a growing trash pile at a foreclosed Tumwater home considered hazardous.
Sat., April 1, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
NYC officials abandon subway trash bin ban experiment
NEW YORK – Faced with too much trash in one of the world’s biggest – and arguably dirtiest – subway systems, New York transit officials tried an unusual social experiment. …
UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 6:43 p.m.
Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash
LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …
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, …
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.
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 …
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 …
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., June 14, 2014
Bakery draws line, achieves 100 percent landfill-free status
It’s barbecue season, so workers and conveyor systems at Franz Bakery whirled at a frantic pace Thursday to package thousands of hamburger buns. One byproduct was missing: production waste.
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 …
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 …
Fri., March 14, 2014
Spokane officials, seeing change in near future, study incinerator takeover
City leaders want to know if government could do a better job running Spokane’s energy-producing trash incinerator. With potentially major changes coming over the next few years in how and …
Tue., March 11, 2014, 8:21 a.m.
Couple, dog sleeping in Dumpster tumble into trash truck
A man, a woman and a dog reportedly sleeping in a trash bin downtown early Tuesday were thrown into a garbage truck that started its compactor, according to the Spokane …
Sat., March 2, 2013
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 …
Sun., Feb. 3, 2013
Beyond recycling, 10 more ways to prolong the life of our stuff
To a textile recycler, a sweat-stained rag of a T-shirt looks like teddy-bear innards. A distance runner’s used-up sneakers? Those are reliable transportation for someone without shoes.
Fri., Aug. 31, 2012
Changes coming in recycling programs throughout Spokane County
It wasn’t a shocking revelation, but Spokane Mayor David Condon’s unveiling of the city’s new blue recycling carts on Thursday signaled that Spokane County’s recycling system has finally caught up …
Sat., May 12, 2012
Spokane plant burns Antarctica’s food waste
Once a year, another continent’s trash turns into the Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant’s treasure. Food waste generated by American scientists researching in Antarctica was incinerated in Spokane over a 10-day period …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2012
Bulk of what we throw away can be recycled or reused
Who really wants to contribute to our growing landfills? There are things we toss away everyday that make up the bulk of our trash and they don’t even belong in …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2012
Develop a plan to become a more seasoned recycler
Do you ever feel guilty when you put something in the trash because you don’t feel like walking to the recycling bin? Do you toss food scraps in with the …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
Do Your Part: Treat yourself to a trash-free Christmas
That classic line from the Grinch about Christmas always tugs at my heart this time of year. It’s when he realizes the true meaning of the season, “How could it …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Trash pickup goes off with a hitch
Trucks hauled 26.74 tons of garbage out of the East Central neighborhood recently, even though some residents didn’t get a flier announcing the pickup in time to put their trash …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
City OKs Waste-to-Energy deal
City leaders on Monday agreed for the second time this year to a deal that keeps Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant open another three years. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to …
Thu., May 12, 2011
Trash collection changes for some
Residents in the Spokane County and Spokane Valley areas served by Waste Management will see different trash pickup days beginning Monday. More than 44,000 customers will be affected by the …
Mon., Feb. 7, 2011
Do Your Part: Don’t throw out your electronic waste
Electronic waste is on the rise in the United States at a startling rate. In fact, it is growing at nearly three times the rate of any other kind of …
Thu., Jan. 13, 2011
Weather causing delays for trash pickup
The winter weather has caused some problems for Spokane Valley and unincorporated Spokane County residents who have been putting out their trash on the appointed days only to have it …
Tue., Jan. 11, 2011
City OKs incinerator deal
The fate of a $25 million contract to operate the city’s West Plains trash incinerator will rest with Spokane County commissioners. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to …
Fri., Jan. 7, 2011
County proposes garbage summit
Public officials are seeking a “fast-track” decision on who should control the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. County commissioners Thursday accepted Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s call for an agreement within …
Thu., Jan. 6, 2011
County leaders balk at city’s timeline for waste plant
Establishing a garbage democracy in Spokane County may prove as difficult as bringing representative government to Afghanistan. The challenge came into sharp focus Tuesday when Spokane city officials asked county …
Mon., Nov. 15, 2010
Do Your Part: Keep waste under wraps at your holiday bash
With the holidays fast approaching the plans for parties are already under way. From Thanksgiving dinner to a New Year’s Eve bash, it’s easy to throw a fabulous get-together without …