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Get paid and save with appliance recycling program

It sounds like the oldest crank call in the book: “Is your refrigerator running?” “Yes.” “Well, you’d better go catch it!” Click. But if you answered yes, there's a chance to recycle secondary inefficient refrigerators or freezers through Avista’s pretty cool appliance recycling program that...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013

Curbside pickup for Christmas trees

​ Not to sound like a Grinch but the City Of Spokane is offering a few options to get rid of your tree once the season is over. First, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department offers free curbside pickup for its customers Thursday, Dec. 30,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Celebrating America Recycles Day, Spokane-style

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System has kicked off their 17th annual recycling campaign, dubbed “I Want to be Recycled...”. Designed to promote the benefits of recycling and buying recycled products, several events have been planned to celebrate America Recycles Day, Friday, Nov. 15. “America...

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MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013

E-Cycle Washington reaches 200 million pound mark

​ Good news from the Department Of Ecology: Washington’s nationally recognized E-Cycle Washington program has achieved a milestone by collecting 200 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling. Two-hundred million pounds equals the weight of 361 fully loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

Old phone booths turned into fish tanks

What do you do with empty phone booths? On the streets of Osaka, Japan, they are finding a new life in their urban landscape by rehabilitating phone booths as giant public fish tanks, courtesy of local group Kingyobu (“goldfish club”). The booths are even outfitted...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Recycled milk bottle sculpture at Olympics

Besides the Ryan Lochte interviews that make him the Yogi Berra of swimming, another Olympic highlight is this installation made out of thousands of recycled plastic milk bottles. It is part of the Olympic celebration, the Festival of the World, held at London's South Bank....

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012



TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Tuesday Video: Let's Talk Trash

Yeah Spokane can talk trash: We're ahead of the state average with 51 percent of the solid waste generated in Spokane County being recycled. But Talk Trash Spokane is very real. You can read a profile on them from Julie Schaeffer at Down To Earth...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Washington's recycling rate increases

The Department of Ecology says that our state’s recycling rate increased to 49 percent last year. That is its highest rate ever. Pretty awesome especially since the nationwide average was 34 percent in 2010. In the last few years, we've seen more laws put into...

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Follow the trash with the director of "Waste Land"

One of the best films last year: The Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land. The central figures are Brazilian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz and the crew of catadores — garbage pickers — at the world's largest landfill, Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho. Director Lucy Walker spent months...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Turning rubbish to rainbows

Liz Jones is a Melbourne-based artist and jeweler who specializes in turning trash into these gorgeous rainbows. I think her art is beautiful. Unfortunately it takes a quick jaunt on a nearby beach and river to collect the supplies needed for just one rainbow. She...

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