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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Earthworks Recycling’s Too Good to Recycle store thrives

There’s a strong market for secondhand brass giraffes in Spokane. At least that’s what Jim Schrock discovered when his company, Earthworks Recycling, opened its Too Good to Recycle store nearby on Napa Street about a year ago. “Every single brass giraffe sells as soon as we put it out,” Schrock said as he walked through the store Monday morning. “And ducks. Ducks are good, too.”

Wire thefts are risky, costly and persistent

Thieves are creeping down country roads at night cutting copper wire from power poles to sell on the scrap market, leaving hazards for line crews, headaches for utility managers and higher electricity bills for customers. The larceny is nothing new, but it persists even after metal prices have dropped this year. The risk some take to steal the highly conductive, recyclable metal is, well, shocking.

2010 recycling rate higher than state average

Residents of Spokane County are getting the hang of recycling. According to the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and the Washington state Department of Ecology, the county recycled 331,793 tons of various materials in 2010. That’s 51 percent of the 646,149 tons of municipal waste that was generated in 2010. “Spokane County is recycling at a higher rate than the state average,” said Suzanne Tresko, recycling coordinator for the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System.