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Jamaica takes aim at the trash crisis ruining paradise

Relief from the scourge may be in sight for Jamaica, which is among at least 20 Caribbean and Latin American nations banning – or in discussions to ban – the …


Recycling best practices: A Q&A

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 …


800 volunteers haul trash out of Spokane River in 15th annual cleanup event

Hundreds of volunteers joined the 15th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up on Saturday for a day of hauling mattresses, shopping carts and any garbage or recycling they could find out of …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Man sleeping in dumpster injured when dumped into recycling truck in downtown Spokane

City officials say the man was dumped into a Sunshine Disposal and Recycling truck at about 5 a.m. unbeknownst to the driver.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Starbucks, some Spokane coffee shops switching to eco-friendly straws

The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane …


42,000 pounds of garbage: Seattle quietly cleaning up, clearing out hot spots for people living in vehicles

Seattle is cleaning up trash around clusters of homeless vehicle campers — and sometimes towing them.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Toxic leak sickens three workers at North County Transfer Station in Colbert

Three workers were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a hazardous substance was released at the waste-transfer station in north Spokane County.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:40 a.m.

Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage

Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday

The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …


There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020

Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps


North Dakota, feds address garbage left at pipeline protest camp

Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Spokane asks residents to leave trash on curb by 7 a.m. starting Feb. 27

Residents will be asked to leave their garbage carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day beginning Feb. 27, to coincide with route changes instituted to lower costs, …


Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses

Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …


City, county officials eyeing rate hikes for garbage disposal

Spokane County officials have proposed a 3.5 percent increase in rates to dispose of garbage at the county’s two transfer stations in Colbert and Spokane Valley.


Coeur d’Alene hopes to keep some glass containers out of landfill

Bottles and jars have gone straight to the dump for almost nine years in Kootenai County. The city of Coeur d’Alene is looking to keep some of that glass out …


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 …


City survey seeks input on garbage collection

Spokane Valley is soliciting input from businesses and residents in preparation for the solicitation of proposals for a new garbage collection contract.


Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional

An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors …


Coeur d’Alene dumps Waste Management as hauler

After 16 years of collecting garbage in Coeur d’Alene, Waste Management has lost its contract with the city. The City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-1 to award a new …


Spokane Valley resident questions changes to yard waste fees in windstorm’s aftermath

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.


Waste management workers face high injury, fatality rates

The truck lurched forward and stopped abruptly every few seconds, then rocked side to side as a mechanical arm slung bottles, cans and stacks of cardboard into a receptacle in …


Spokane County lawsuit targets private garbage collections by Sunshine Disposal

Garbage that should be delivered to the transfer stations owned by Spokane County is instead going to a privately owned facility in Spokane Valley, resulting in a loss of expected …


23,500 Spokane County residents face 10 percent garbage rate hike

Private contractor Waste Management is asking thousands of Spokane County residents to pay about 10 percent more for trash collection beginning next year, a move that has some city and …


Garbage collection services change today, but users shouldn’t notice

Spokane County and its cities have been shuffling for more than a year preparing for a change in ownership of garbage collection services. Officials say if all goes according to …


Spokane County drafting solid waste disposal ordinance

A 25-year contract between the city and county for disposal of solid waste will end next month, and Spokane County will take the reins operating two disposal sites in Spokane …


Investigators: Waste plant fire may be tied to acid in truck

Investigators believe a small fire at the Waste to Energy facility near Spokane International Airport was tied to a call earlier in the day of a bubbling acid in the …


Valley residents may face added fee for dumping at county sites

Spokane Valley residents who haul their own garbage to the regional transfer station on Sullivan Road are being told they should contact Spokane Valley City Council members if they have …


Spokane Valley won’t join regional waste system

After years of discussions and negotiations over regional garbage disposal, Spokane Valley is going its own way and a handful of other cities appear poised to follow. Valley leaders decided …