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City takes over operations at Waste to Energy facility

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

 Starting Monday, the City of Spokane has taken over operations of the Waste to Energy facility. The change comes after 23 years of operation by a private-sector company under contract with the city.

“We have continued to pursue ways to keep services affordable and provide greater value for our citizens,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon in a news release. “This change allows us to have greater control over costs for the future and ongoing flexibility as the solid waste management system in our region evolves.”

The facility processes about 800 tons of municipal solid waste every day while generating clean electricity to power homes and businesses.

The transition is part of a new interlocal agreement, which creates the new Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System. Under this system, Spokane County will lead solid waste planning, education, and outreach for the Spokane area. Spokane County will also own and operate the Valley and North County transfer stations.

Despite the significant changes, residents should not notice many differences. Prices will remain the same and customers can continue to use disposal sites.

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