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The cost of its recycling program has evolved from negligible to eyebrow-raising over the last decade, leading the city to rethink recycling.
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.
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.
The EPA says that levels of harmful chemicals once discovered in the groundwater beneath a city landfill northwest of Spokane have fallen to levels that no longer pose a threat to health or the environment. The landfill was designated as a Superfund site in 1986.
Since the stay-home order was issued in March, I have taken what I like to call a “sanity walk” almost every day. This walk is not so much about exercising as it is about getting out of the house, breathing fresh air and more.
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 City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding debts is entangled in a lawsuit alleging unlawful water charges on the West Plains.
The $450,000 write-off would apply to 174 ratepayers who the city says it would have trouble collecting money from. The debts were accrued between 1999 and 2013, coinciding with the last major update to the city’s software tracking utility payments.
Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
A “leadership change” was cited as the reason for Scott Windsor’s removal after 10 years as head of the city’s solid waste management. Spokane City Council members said Monday night they were surprised. Some angered by the decision.
The city and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries negotiated a settlement that lessens the fine to the city for safety violations found following the incident Oct. 4, 2016, that left two employees with serious burns.
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 bears are fat. And they’re dying young.
A young male sperm whale that was found dead off the coast of Spain had 64 pounds of garbage in its digestive system.
The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on cleaning beneath the downtown railroad viaducts.
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.
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.