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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Recycling in Spokane: County says to better clean and sort recycleables

Spokane County has restricted what recycling it accepts at transfer stations, and is now requiring people who drop off their recycling to sort it. That’s similar to changes that governments …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

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 …

‘We’re making big strides’: Spokane Indians work to eliminate waste at Avista Stadium

Behind the right-field stands at Avista Stadium, in an area called Compost Corner, members of the Spokane Indians “green team” sifted through bags of compostable items, looking for what didn’t …

Scott Duke Kominers: People make it so hard to ditch plastic straws

Eliminating plastic straws offers a case study in how simple solutions can be devilishly tricky to implement – and sometimes even worse than the problems they were meant to solve.

China’s ban on scrap imports a boon to U.S. recycling plants

Chinese import restrictions upended municipal recycling programs across the U.S. last year, but have triggered investment – from China – in American plants.

Upcycled Life: Turn plastic tubes into tiny pouches

Does your green conscience cringe when you get to the end of a tube of sunscreen or lotion? Upcycle it into a tiny pouch instead of tossing it.

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren launches version of iconic shirt crafted entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.

UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Senate passes plastic bag ban

Bill would ban single-use plastic grocery bags, require stores to charge 8 cents for paper or reusable replacements.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019

New recycling ‘think tank’ aims to improve Washington’s markets, better inform residents

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 …

Yakima recycling options narrow as business cuts back

Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019

Chris McCabe: Recycle your cardboard for even happier holidays

The holiday season should be a happy time, and it can be an environmentally responsible one as well by ensuring all of those cardboard boxes going into recycling bins are …

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 …

Comparing Oregon’s and Washington’s oversight on recycling

Spokane’s once-meticulous tracking of recycled materials has gone away under the single-stream system, and the company that sorts it all in a facility on the West Plains declines to make …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018

Ick factor: NYC so far turns up nose at food-scrap recycling

New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city’s ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of …

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 …

These Boiseans pioneer a local movement to move past recycling to ‘zero waste’

A movement is taking shape to push beyond recycling, and get past the complexities of programs like Boise’s, by working toward a sweeping goal: eliminating the need to recycle or …

McDonald’s teams with Starbucks on search for recyclable, compostable cups

McDonald’s is joining an effort begun this spring by its coffee-focused rival, Starbucks, to produce a recyclable hot beverage cup.

Ask Dr. Universe: Clothing offers its own recycling challenges

WSU researcher Hang Liu imagines a different future for our used clothes. In her lab, she and her team are coming up with creative ways to recycle cotton into a …

Some Seattle-area recycling dumped in landfills as China’s restrictions kick in

Yellowing newspapers, junk mail and scrap paper, bundled together in blocks as big as a compact car, are stacked three and four high in nearly every available corner of the …

Marion County, Oregon, scales back curbside recycling

Marion County has joined other Oregon communities in scaling back its curbside recycling program.

Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030

Coca-Cola announced long-term recycling goals Friday, including attempting to recycle a bottle or can for every beverage it sells by 2030.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

Lane County leads Oregon in recycling but faces changes

Only one Oregon county recycled more waste than it tossed as garbage last year.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

SpaceX launching recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA

Space Age hand-me-downs are soaring to a whole new level.

Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population …

Oregon Legislature votes to raise bottle refund to 10 cents

Starting on April 1, Oregonians will be able to double the money they get back for recycling their old plastic water bottles, soda cans and beer bottles at redemption sites …

Oregon bill would make all cans, bottles worth dime in April

Oregonians, hold off redeeming your sticky piles of empty bottles and cans for just a few more weeks! On April 1, their refundable deposit will be worth double what you …

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 …

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 …

Recycling company fined for illegal electronics disposal

One of the largest electronics recycling companies in Washington state has been fined $444,000 for illegally disposing of flat-screen televisions with fluorescent tubes containing toxic mercury.

Oregon bottle deposit rising to a dime next year

Oregon’s bottle deposit will soon go from a nickel to a dime, an effort to raise redemption rates that have sagged in recent years.