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Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

More than a million tons a year of America’s plastic trash isn’t ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash.

Mixed materials: Garbage in the recycling is messing up the industry

On the concrete floor of Inland Empire Paper sat a 1,500-pound bale of waste paper ready to be recycled into new paper. The bale came from a modern single-stream recycling system that takes mixed-up recyclable materials collected at the curb and sorts them out by product.

Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

Trashing the neighborhood

The Petry Natural Area, a small stretch of woodland that lies along Missouri Flat Creek near North Grand Avenue, appears to have become an unofficial landfill for some residents.

The view from the alley: On the garbage beat with Spokane’s swampers

Though much of the act of garbage collection has been automated in the City of Spokane, a handful of crews still collect waste the old-fashioned way - by hand. A record-setting year of waste collection has workers in the city’s Solid Waste department working to identify the worst alleys for improvements next year, slated to cost about a half million dollars.

Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years

The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to invest in renewable energy has put a dent in how much Spokane earns from the plant, which incinerates garbage in a process that produces electricity.