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Saturday, October 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Christmas is over. Here’s how to get rid of your tree

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.

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.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant at the Waste-to-Energy facility on the West Plains. The material had been used as fertilizer on area farms, but concerns have sprouted about harmful chemicals in the sludge seeping into the water table.

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.

Spokane appeals findings, fine in Waste-to-Energy Plant investigation

The city has provided additional materials to the Department of Labor & Industries and hopes to receive a revised report by the end of next month, Public Works Director Scott Simmons told the City Council on Monday. Craig Law and Larry Pratt received severe steam burns during routine boiler cleaning Oct. 4.

Spokane’s recycled glass ends up in area landfill, due to lack of interested buyers

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.

Antarctic waste, football helmets, mattresses all incinerated in Spokane

Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy burns a variety of waste from all over the world. In addition to confiscated drugs and guns it’s the final resting place for recalled Ikea furniture, 50 old football helmets from Central Valley School District, a “semi load of mattresses” and Antarctic waste.

Burned city workers only witnesses to accident in Waste-to-Energy boiler

Public Works Director Scott Simmons told City Council members this week there’s no recording of what happened in a boiler at the Waste-to-Energy Plant. Two men were critically burned in what was called a “serious accident” that occurred during routine maintenance at the facility.

Washington limits greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters

Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, including potential impacts on Spokane’s Waste to Energy facility, joining a handful of other states in capping emissions to address climate change.