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Prices are going up at Spokane Valley’s University Road Transfer Station, which is operated by Sunshine Disposal Inc.
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.
A 19-member board that will review potential rate changes at transfer stations operated by Spokane County seeks three private citizens to serve.
At least one Spokane Valley resident is upset about fees charged to dispose of yard waste at a nearby transfer station, while other areas of the county remain free.
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.
If it’s been bugging you that you can’t recycle that discarded pizza box from last night, worry no more. Starting July 12, city of Spokane and Waste Management trash customers can toss that box – and whatever stale pizza is left inside it – in their yard waste bins.