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An illegal outdoor trash fire spread to a home and burned it down in Spokane Valley earlier this month.
City officials say they have not been able to get much done on a growing trash pile at a foreclosed Tumwater home considered hazardous.
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. They removed garbage bins from 39 out of the more than 400 stations, figuring that would deter people from bringing trash into the system. That was a no-go in a go-go city where eating and drinking is often done on the run.
A Philadelphia policeman has been accused of putting his adopted dog in a trash bag and dumping it at a park.
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 shores of South America’s largest lake are littered with dead frogs, discarded paint buckets and bags of soggy trash. Less visible threats lurk in the water itself: toxic levels of lead and mercury.
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.
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, the city announced Wednesday.
Christmas is over, presents have been exchanged and now the Christmas tree is dropping needles everywhere. What’s a person to do?
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.
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 down recycled glass. The Department of Ecology has said that glass shouldn’t count as part of the county’s inventory of recycled materials, but there’s no easy fix in sight.
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 the back. Dennis Coppinger sat in the driver’s seat, tapping the gas pedal and the brakes and wiggling a joystick that controls the mechanical arm. A massive diesel engine whined and heated the cockpit as the sun rose over a quiet Spokane neighborhood.
A firefighter cradled the wet, shivering bundle close to his chest as he approached Lisa McCarthy. Theodore, a small brown Chihuahua, had just been rescued from McCarthy’s still smoldering home in northwest Spokane Tuesday evening. McCarthy took the dog and hugged him close. “We thought he was out,” she said.
FISHING -- Somebody's trashing our fisheries. Something to think about next time you're tempted to buy bottled water or vote on a plastic bag law. B.C. angler snags steelhead, finds guts filled with plastic A British Columbia man who caught a steelhead last week on...
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 plan, you won’t notice any changes when the system shifts, starting today.
A few small fires kept Spokane Valley Fire Department crews occupied the week of Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 but there were no major incidents reported. Someone lit a trash can on fire in a restroom at Plantes Ferry Park the morning of Oct. 27. The can was destroyed and the bathroom will need new paint, but there was no major damage, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. The incident is under investigation.
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.
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 unanimously this week to contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling to handle transfer and disposal of the estimated 45,000 tons of garbage collected throughout the city each year instead of joining the regional system envisioned by Spokane County.
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 Mayor David Condon that the city won’t be renewing the estimated $21 million-a-year contract when it expires in November. The city intends to take over all plant operations, which officials say will provide greater flexibility to address coming changes as Spokane turns over control of the regional trash system to Spokane County.
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 where the region’s garbage is disposed, Spokane City Council members this week authorized a study of whether it would be more effective to operate the Waste-to-Energy Plant with city workers rather than extend the contract with Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
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 Fire Department.