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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. 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

House fire near Northwest Boulevard forces evacuation

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.

Plastic bits in steelhead’s gut worries angler

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...

Plantes Ferry Park trash can fire investigated

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.