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UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Radioactive waste cleanup paying off for giant Idaho aquifer

Scientists say radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years

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 …

Brown bananas and squishy avocados no more? Food tech could keep your produce from going bad

Chicago-area Hazel Technologies is part of a new wave of innovation seeking to slow spoilage of produce and other perishables, which experts say is a key weapon in the battle …

How to safely dispose of cannabis products, paraphernalia

Increasing sales and consumption of cannabis also leads to additional refuse and waste, raising questions about safe disposal of product and packaging.

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste.

‘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 …

Less waste, more cheer: How to rein in holiday excess

According to the Environment Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Holiday excess isn’t limited to plastic toys and plastic wrap, though. Every …

State approves request to fill aging Hanford tunnel

The Department of Energy has been cleared to immediately begin stabilizing a tunnel containing highly radioactive waste that is at risk of collapse.

UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Starbucks, some Spokane coffee shops switching to eco-friendly straws

The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane …

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

Toxic leak sickens three workers at North County Transfer Station in Colbert

Three workers were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a hazardous substance was released at the waste-transfer station in north Spokane County.

There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.

Hanford tunnel collapse prompts some to ask: What’s the long-term solution for nuclear waste?

Tuesday’s collapse of an earthen tunnel at Hanford highlights long-standing concerns about the ways in which nuclear waste is stored.

Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste

Sedro-Woolley farmed aims to be the first to test new technology with the Stillaguamish Tribe, Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State University and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. They say the …

Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak

Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.

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 …

City collects 3,000 tons of storm debris

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Do Your Part: Get crafty with materials headed toward trash

Let me just put one thing out there – I don’t consider myself “crafty.” I am not the person who can take a dresser from the dump and turn it …

Top your wish list with waste-free gifts

You know what I don’t want this year? More stuff. I don’t want to give stuff that won’t be used, receive stuff that won’t be used, or be surrounded by …

Do Your Part: Cleaning out your purse? Remember to recycle

Most women are familiar with purses filled to the brim with a whole lot of stuff they just don’t need or want. Think about all the business cards, plastic, receipts, …

Take stock, shop smart, waste less

Stop and think about all the food in your fridge that will end up in the garbage can. Between food that goes bad, extra helpings left on the plate and …

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 …

BofA center expects to save $9,000 a year by recycling

When 1,000 workers in a 20-story office building start recycling, how many tons of plastic water bottles, aluminum pop cans and mixed office paper are diverted from the city of …

Superfund Plan Reaches Too Far

The Superfund program, which fosters litigation instead of cleanup, unquestionably needs an overhaul. But a proposed Republican revision of the Superfund law goes too far. The plan seeks to absolve …

Attorneys Waging Fight On Doe Sites

Washington state Attorney General Christine Gregoire said Friday she and her counterparts from 17 states are going to let Congress know they aren’t about to give up the agreements covering …

Spokane County Settles Landfill Case

Spokane County commissioners Tuesday approved a $3 million settlement with an insurance company over the county’s polluted landfills. The settlement with Twin City Fire Insurance Co. ends litigation over insurance …

Bill Gives States Power Over Garbage

Governors would have broad authority to restrict garbage imports into their states under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday to counter a series of Supreme Court rulings. The bill, passed …