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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

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 …


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 …


Scott Windsor removal as head of Spokane’s garbage collection efforts draws City Council ire

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 …


Spokane pays $36,300 fine to state regulators following Waste-to-Energy Plant incident

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, …


Trashing the neighborhood

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.


Scrounging for trash, bears along the I-90 corridor are getting fat and dying

The bears are fat. And they’re dying young.


A dead sperm whale was found with 64 pounds of trash in its digestive system

A young male sperm whale that was found dead off the coast of Spain had 64 pounds of garbage in its digestive system.


Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets

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 …


The view from the alley: On the garbage beat with Spokane’s swampers

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 …


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 …


Growing trash pile at Thurston County property raises concerns

City officials say they have not been able to get much done on a growing trash pile at a foreclosed Tumwater home considered hazardous.


NYC officials abandon subway trash bin ban experiment

NEW YORK – Faced with too much trash in one of the world’s biggest – and arguably dirtiest – subway systems, New York transit officials tried an unusual social experiment. …


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash

LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …


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, …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 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 …


Spokane to take over Waste-to-Energy Plant operations

The company that has operated Spokane’s electricity-producing trash incinerator on the West Plains for more than two decades is getting a pink slip. Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. was advised Wednesday by …


Spokane officials, seeing change in near future, study incinerator takeover

City leaders want to know if government could do a better job running Spokane’s energy-producing trash incinerator. With potentially major changes coming over the next few years in how and …


Couple, dog sleeping in Dumpster tumble into trash truck

A man, a woman and a dog reportedly sleeping in a trash bin downtown early Tuesday were thrown into a garbage truck that started its compactor, according to the Spokane …


Valley council talks trash at annual retreat

Tuesday afternoon was all about trash as Spokane Valley City Council members spent more than two hours of their annual daylong winter retreat talking about the future of solid waste …


Beyond recycling, 10 more ways to prolong the life of our stuff

To a textile recycler, a sweat-stained rag of a T-shirt looks like teddy-bear innards. A distance runner’s used-up sneakers? Those are reliable transportation for someone without shoes.


Changes coming in recycling programs throughout Spokane County

It wasn’t a shocking revelation, but Spokane Mayor David Condon’s unveiling of the city’s new blue recycling carts on Thursday signaled that Spokane County’s recycling system has finally caught up …


Spokane plant burns Antarctica’s food waste

Once a year, another continent’s trash turns into the Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant’s treasure. Food waste generated by American scientists researching in Antarctica was incinerated in Spokane over a 10-day period …


Bulk of what we throw away can be recycled or reused

Who really wants to contribute to our growing landfills? There are things we toss away everyday that make up the bulk of our trash and they don’t even belong in …


Develop a plan to become a more seasoned recycler

Do you ever feel guilty when you put something in the trash because you don’t feel like walking to the recycling bin? Do you toss food scraps in with the …