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Does the world really need another brand of bottled water? Alex Totterman believes it does, if the packaging is completely biodegradable.
The city definitely loses money on every glass bottle a Spokane resident tosses in a blue recycling bin, but the environmental benefit is less certain.
People could soon receive a flyer or personalized feedback on what they’ve put into their recycling bin when the region launches a pilot program to reduce contamination at the curb.
Todd and Peggy Eklof have been saving their garbage since Earth Day 2019, only composting food and hazardous waste. They have saved hundreds of pounds of garbage, in the hopes of showing how much the average person can throw away without ever realizing it.
Spokane County has restricted what recycling it accepts at transfer stations, and is now requiring people who drop off their recycling to sort it. That’s similar to changes that governments and recycling centers around the nation have had to consider, as China and other East Asian countries stopped buying American and European recyclables.
The city is offering free curbside pickup of discarded Christmas trees. Residents who celebrated the holiday with fresh-cut trees can leave them beside their trash and recycling bins on regularly scheduled pickup days.
Behind the right-field stands at Avista Stadium, in an area called Compost Corner, members of the Spokane Indians “green team” sifted through bags of compostable items, looking for what didn’t belong.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department is encouraging residents to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
Eliminating plastic straws offers a case study in how simple solutions can be devilishly tricky to implement – and sometimes even worse than the problems they were meant to solve.
Chinese import restrictions upended municipal recycling programs across the U.S. last year, but have triggered investment – from China – in American plants.
Does your green conscience cringe when you get to the end of a tube of sunscreen or lotion? Upcycle it into a tiny pouch instead of tossing it.
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors has chosen two new student advisers for the 2019-20 school year.
Polo Ralph Lauren launches version of iconic shirt crafted entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.
Bill would ban single-use plastic grocery bags, require stores to charge 8 cents for paper or reusable replacements.
It’s been more than a year since China stopped accepting most recycling from the U.S., leading to a stockpile of paper, metal, glass and plastic that states like Washington have to spend more money cleaning up – or throwing away.
Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.
The holiday season should be a happy time, and it can be an environmentally responsible one as well by ensuring all of those cardboard boxes going into recycling bins are empty, clean and dry.
Mixing trash with recycling can create problems all the way down the line, from the disposal bin to the landfill. We reached out to professionals for their tips on garbage disposal best practices.
Spokane’s once-meticulous tracking of recycled materials has gone away under the single-stream system, and the company that sorts it all in a facility on the West Plains declines to make the information public.
New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city’s ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of separating out all those table scraps, spoiled meat, rotten vegetables and cut grass.