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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 …


Investigators: Acid did not spark waste plant fire

Investigators now believe a suspicious acid call and a fire at a solid waste plant last week were coincidental.


Suspicious acid linked to fire at Waste-to-Energy Plant

Discovery of a suspicious acid collected by a city garbage truck that prompted a Wednesday morning shutdown of city streets in north Spokane has been linked to a small fire …


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 …


Bakery draws line, achieves 100 percent landfill-free status

It’s barbecue season, so workers and conveyor systems at Franz Bakery whirled at a frantic pace Thursday to package thousands of hamburger buns. One byproduct was missing: production waste.


Spokane cedes control of solid waste system to county

The Spokane City Council on Monday did something that seemed almost unthinkable a decade ago: It gave up control of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. In a unanimous vote, …


Celebrate recycling at Mobius Science Center

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System is celebrating its 17th annual recycling campaign in conjunction with America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. The theme for the Spokane campaign is “I Want …


Spokane County may take control of area garbage system

Control of Spokane’s regional garbage management system would shift from City Hall to the county courthouse under a reorganization intended to improve the system’s political fairness. But residents aren’t likely …


Festival to teach composting

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will hold a Compost Fair on Oct. 27 at Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. The fair is part of the Fall Leaf Festival, and runs …


Spokane’s secret deal with Dow AgroSciences wasn’t legal

Spokane city leaders last year agreed to keep a settlement with a chemical company secret even though state law prevents them from doing so. The 2011 settlement with Dow AgroSciences …


City settles compost suit with Dow

A decade ago, Spokane was stuck with thousands of tons of unwanted compost that killed tomato plants. It was a mixture, city officials said at the time, that forced the …


2010 recycling rate higher than state average

Residents of Spokane County are getting the hang of recycling. According to the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and the Washington state Department of Ecology, the county recycled 331,793 tons …


City OKs Waste-to-Energy deal

City leaders on Monday agreed for the second time this year to a deal that keeps Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant open another three years. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to …


Waste disposal costs to rise

Revisions in the contract for operating Spokane’s garbage incinerator would contribute to a proposed 10.2 percent increase in countywide garbage disposal costs. County commissioners directed their staff Wednesday to take …


Regional Solid Waste crews cleaned up Pittsburg Stairs

Plenty of volunteers responded to South Hill resident Virginia Kanikeberg’s appeal for help to clean up the Pittsburg Trail after a story about the trail ran in last Thursday’s The …


I Love Clean Air Day attunes children to environment

Valentine’s Day is usually about loving other people. Children showed their love for the environment Saturday at I Love Clean Air Day, an event filled with activities at Mobius Kids. …


Commissioners approve incinerator improvements

Getting rid of a ton of garbage may cost about $12 more next year if the Spokane City Council accepts an agreement county commissioners offered Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved a …


County set to approve amendments to Waste-to-Energy Plant contract

County commissioners are ready to bless a plan to make Spokane’s garbage burner more competitive with regional landfills. The deal, which could be approved today, would allow Spokane to order …


Garbage deal taking shape with proposal for regional board

Public officials throughout Spokane County agreed Thursday to create a new regional garbage-disposal system that might not use Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. A host of thorny details are to be worked …


County, cities review waste system plans

More than 50 people turned out Wednesday for the first day of a conference to form a new plan for garbage disposal in Spokane County. Twenty-two officials from Spokane County …


Mayor now says she’ll attend waste summit

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner reversed course Monday and said she will attend this week’s Solid Waste Summit after all. Verner had said she thought the city and Spokane County were …


Regional waste summit on, with or without Spokane

Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur regardless of whether Spokane participates, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county …


Verner or not, garbage summit is a go

Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur with or without Spokane participation, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county …


City, county plan waste summit

Spokane County commissioners slogged through garbage issues for three hours Tuesday on their way to a Solid Waste Summit. They authorized Chairman Al French to join Spokane Mayor Mary Verner …


City OKs incinerator deal

The fate of a $25 million contract to operate the city’s West Plains trash incinerator will rest with Spokane County commissioners. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to …


County proposes garbage summit

Public officials are seeking a “fast-track” decision on who should control the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. County commissioners Thursday accepted Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s call for an agreement within …


County leaders balk at city’s timeline for waste plant

Establishing a garbage democracy in Spokane County may prove as difficult as bringing representative government to Afghanistan. The challenge came into sharp focus Tuesday when Spokane city officials asked county …


Kids’ calendar art features recycling tips

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System has published a 2011 recycling calendar illustrated by Spokane schoolchildren. It’s available for free at the Regional Solid Waste System office, located downtown in …


City, air agency could settle fine, upgrade incinerator

Spokane would have to pay a $5,000 fine and upgrade its regional trash incinerator under a proposed deal being considered by Mayor Mary Verner. The settlement, proposed by the Spokane …


Waste system reorganization sought

City and county leaders tried this week to buy some time for reorganizing the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. A committee of member governments voted 5-1 for a stopgap measure …