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UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 10:39 a.m.

Waste Management employee fired after West Plains landfill fire

At the end of a shift on a Friday afternoon, Waste Management employees failed to fill up a water truck and didn’t put enough soil over a layer of industrial …


UPDATED: Sun., May 5, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

Fire breaks out at landfill near Fairchild

A fire on a landfill near Fairchild Air Force Base sent heavy smoke into the air Sunday.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Woman found dead at Spokane recycling plant had been estranged from family for years

A woman found dead at a Spokane recycling plant earlier this month had been isolated for years, according to her family.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Body found at Spokane recycling center leads police to home near Roosevelt Elementary School

Questions about a body discovered last week at a west Spokane recycling center have led police to a home on the lower South Hill.


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Body discovered Thursday at Spokane recycling facility was brought there by garbage truck

A body that was discovered Thursday in a Waste Management recycling center was transported there by a garbage truck, police said Monday.


Wayne Huizenga, who built his fortune from trash, dies at 80

H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Trash collector injured after garbage truck falls down embankment near Hangman Valley Golf Course

A garbage truck driver was injured when his truck slid down a rocky embankment near the Hangman Valley Golf Course Thursday morning.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 7:31 a.m.

Spokane Valley stays with Waste Management for $13 million garbage contract

Spokane Valley has been working on picking a solid waste collector since last year, and at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting Waste Management won the main contract. Waste Management …


Spokane Valley garbage truck driver collects rewards, too

Scott Talley has been at the wheel of a garbage truck for 19 years and just won “best driver of the year” in the Northwest.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Millwood considers Waste Management after Valley opts out

Spokane Valley’s decision to contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling instead of the county is having a domino effect on waste management throughout the county. “Tonight was intended to be …


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 …


Overall garbage rates rise in Spokane Valley

Recycling and collecting yard waste is poised to cost more starting this month and drive overall garbage rates higher in Spokane Valley and parts of Spokane County. The Washington Utilities …


Trash diet success

Evidence is piling up at the new recycling center serving the Spokane region: More is being recycled. One of the biggest signs of the change is the increasing demand for …


Critic questions way coal firms build slurry ponds

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Slurry pond failures like the one that swallowed a bulldozer and its driver last week at a West Virginia coal mine could be avoided if the …


Spokane Valley company fined for dumping landfill waste

A Spokane Valley waste-handling business will pay thousands of dollars for dumping hazardous waste in a local landfill. Emerald Services Inc., located on North Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley, will …


Teenage brothers charged with killing NJ girl, 12

CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy lured a 12-year-old girl into his house under the guise of getting parts for her treasured bicycle and then, with his older brother, …


4th bankruptcy in Perry’s tech fund adds to losses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer money through Gov. Rick Perry’s signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy, pushing the total losses in …


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 …


Motley Fool: Dive Into This Dumpster

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) isn’t just the industry leader in dumping garbage. It’s also the nation’s largest recycler, an innovator in generating renewable energy, and the owner of 271 landfills …


Motley Fool: Garbage giant anticipates tidy success

Waste Management (NYSE: WM), the Houston-based garbage giant, didn’t have the rosiest 2011, but 2012 may be better. In our sluggish economy, consumers and businesses can’t cut garbage collection from …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 29, 2011, 12:29 p.m.

No delay for holidays in N. Idaho trash pickups

Waste Management is on its normal trash pickup service in North Idaho this week and next week, as is North Idaho’s other garbage service, Coeur d’Alene Garbage/Post Falls Sanitation.


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 …