Recycled materials are collected throughout Spokane County in a number of ways. This graph pertains to the recycled materials that are removed from the waste stream of the Regional System through residential curbside collection, commercial collection at businesses, and drop-off areas available at solid waste transfer stations and at the Waste-To-Energy facility. The graph shows the cumulative tons of recyclable materials removed from the waste stream over the course of the year through these recycling activities.
Monitoring the tons of material removed from the waste stream helps us, as system managers and as a community, to maintain the focus on continuing to increase the portion of our waste stream that is recycled. Annual goals are purposely set high, in order to encourage creative thinking and improved approaches to recycling. "Single-stream" recycling is employed at the Regional System transfer stations, and this customer-friendly approach has been very well received, as compared to "sorted by customer" approaches. Our educational programs and public engagement activities are aimed at raising the awareness throughout Spokane County that waste reduction, reuse, and recycling have a tremendous positive impact on our environment.