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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 …


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, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


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: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Spokane appeals findings, fine in Waste-to-Energy Plant investigation

The city has provided additional materials to the Department of Labor & Industries and hopes to receive a revised report by the end of next month, Public Works Director Scott …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …


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 …


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 …


California firm chosen to investigate Waste-to-Energy incident that critically injured two workers

The same firm that investigated the death of a city maintenance worker at the wastewater treatment plant in 2004 will look into the events leading to a boiler accident at …


Burned city workers only witnesses to accident in Waste-to-Energy boiler

Public Works Director Scott Simmons told City Council members this week there’s no recording of what happened in a boiler at the Waste-to-Energy Plant. Two men were critically burned in …


Employee burned in industrial accident at Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant upgraded to serious condition

Craig Law, 39, an employee who was burned in an industrial accident at Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant on Tuesday has been upgraded to serious condition and is breathing on his own …


Waste-to-Energy Plant workers burned Tuesday identified; both still critical

Two workers burned in an industrial accident Tuesday morning at Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant were still in critical condition Wednesday morning, a city spokeswoman said.


Two city workers hospitalized in Seattle after being burned at Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant

Two workers were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after they were burned in an incident at the city’s Waste to Energy plant on Geiger Boulevard.


Opinions from past provide perspective

Editorials covered the fight against poverty, city-county consolidation, and an anti-gay rights initiative in Idaho.


Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant under scrutiny for greenhouse gas emissions

Spokane’s waste-to-energy plants ranks among Washington’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, releasing about 105,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.


Washington state working on new rules for major polluters

Washington’s largest polluters would have to start cutting their carbon emissions by 2017, but those who can’t meet the goals could buy “credits” from those who do better than required, …


City collects 3,000 tons of storm debris

Spokane waste site accepted 3,000 tons of windstorm debris, according to a city press release.


Though out of regional system, Cheney will use Waste-to-Energy

The city of Cheney, which opted out of the Spokane County regional trash system, is opting back in to a major part of it. This summer, Cheney became only the …


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 …


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 …


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, …


Spin Control: It was a partisan week at the Legislature – everyone for the Seahawks

OLYMPIA – By this evening, we will know the most important fact for navigating the next two weeks in the Legislature. That is, are the Seattle Seahawks going to the …


Bill seeks green status for Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant

OLYMPIA – Electricity from the West Plains garbage incinerator would be classified as a renewable energy and be more valuable to an electric utility if a bill proposed by state …


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 …


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 …