Spokane County Performance Indicators

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Solid Waste Handling

The Regional Solid Waste System serves 11 jurisdictions and the unincorporated area of Spokane County. The system works continuously to maximize the extraction of recyclable materials from the waste stream, and disposes of the remaining waste through incineration at the City of Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy facility, minimizing environmental impact. The solid waste staff promotes waste reduction, composting, recycling, and environmental responsibility through educational programs and a wide range of community activities.

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Kevin R. Cooke, P.E. Environmental Services Director
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Description:

Household hazardous waste is collected at North and Valley Transfer Stations on the weekends and is collected 7 days a week at the Waste to Energy Facility. This graph pertains to the amount of dangerous waste that is collected from all 3 locations and is measured in pounds.


Significance:

Proper disposal of household hazardous wastes is important for the health of our community and environment. Improper disposal can not only cause harm to our environment and health, but can cause potentially dangerous interactions with surrounding materials. The Spokane County Transfer Stations provide free disposal of household hazardous waste to residents during the weekends.

Kevin R. Cooke, P.E. Environmental Services Director
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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.


Significance:

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.

Kevin R. Cooke, P.E. Environmental Services Director
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Description:

This chart presents the total tons of green material received by month at the County Transfer Stations and the Waste To Energy Facility. This material is also commonly referred to as yard waste or organics.


Significance:

All of this material delivered to the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System facilities has been diverted away from the solid waste disposal stream and is converted into compost for beneficial use. The Clean Green material collected is transported to the Barr-Tech composting facility 22 miles southwest of Spokane and converted into an excellent, environmentally-friendly product.

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Household Hazardous Waste
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Cumulative Tons of Material Recycled
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Clean Green Material