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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 out. Three special garbage pickup days were scheduled during the week of Oct. 17, and residents were allowed to put three garbage items weighing no more than 85 pounds each out to the curb for special pickup. But Branden Syrotchen, a PhD student who lives on East Eighth Avenue, said his flier arrived three days after the scheduled pickup date, and that made him think the entire neighborhood missed out.

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 approve an operating contract with Wheelabrator, the Waste Management subsidiary that has operated the plant since it opened. The city’s current 20-year deal with Wheelabrator expires in November.

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 change. The changes are being made to consolidate routes and make them more efficient, according to a Waste Management press release. Changes should also make things easier for drivers during winter weather.

Trash days changing as routes consolidated

Residents in the greater Spokane Valley area served by Waste Management will see new trash pickup days beginning the week of May 16. More than 44,000 customers will be affected by the change, including some in unincorporated Spokane County both south and north of Spokane Valley. The changes are being made to consolidate routes and make them more efficient, according to a Waste Management press release. It should also make things easier for drivers during winter weather.

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 trash. It is estimated that 85 percent of electronics that can be recycled or donated, aren’t.

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 not be picked up. Waste Management, which provides service in the Valley area, is trying its best to keep up, said municipal relations manager Ken Gimpel. Garbage trucks weren’t able to get into some areas during the worst of the snowy weather even after being chained up, he said.

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 approve a three-year contract with Wheelabrator, the subsidiary of Waste Management that has operated Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant since it began operations in the early 1990s.

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 30 days.

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 commissioners to hurry up and sign off on $18 million worth of upgrades to the city’s Waste-to-Energy Plant.

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 busting the budget or generating a bunch of extra trash.

Once bound for Washington, Hawaii trash piles up

HONOLULU — Gigantic piles of shrink-wrapped garbage have been moldering in the heat of a Hawaii industrial park for more than five months, waiting for a place to be shipped.

She’s known for trash talk

If you want to avoid the wrath of Linda Buob, don’t litter. It bugs the 69-year-old so much that she picks up litter along various stretches of area highways and streets.