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Spokane Waste to Energy stops accepting drop-off recycling

'Essential' items includes those that could rot or cause pest issues. The Spokane County waste transfer station is still accepting all drop-offs.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — If you’ve just finished yardwork or cleaned out your garage, you won’t be able to take any unwanted materials to the Waste to Energy Plant for recycling.

This also includes yard waste and household hazardous materials.

The plant stopped accepting drop-off’s to implement Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home” order, according to Marlene Feist, utilities manager for the City of Spokane.

“There just isn’t enough space at the plant to keep people practicing social distancing. We just want to limit those interactions as much as possible,” Feist said.

The plant will still be accepting garbage drop-offs.

The Spokane County waste transfer station is still accepting all drop-offs.

“We’re asking people to only bring in loads that are considered essential,” said Deb Geiger, Spokane County’s solid waste manager.

Geiger said “essential” includes items that could rot or cause pest issues.

She said staff are concerned that the county transfer station could get overloaded, since people who would usually use the city’s waste facility could start using the county’s station.

“Please just wait, because we’re not going anywhere,” Geiger said. “We’ll still be here once this is all over.”

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