Learn Where Your Garbage Goes

Kris Major, 509.625.6521

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.

Here’s your chance to see what happens to your garbage after you set it on the curb! 

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Disposal Department is offering free public tours at the Waste to Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd., on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Tour times are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  They are free and last approximately one hour.

Visitors will see the tipping floor where trash is dumped for the “claw” to pick up, and then go inside the plant to see where the trash is burned at temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That heat is then harnessed to make steam that is used to generate enough electricity to power 13,000 homes. 

Visitors must wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather as there is some walking outdoors.  The tour is appropriate for ages 10 and above. Space is limited, so reservations are required. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 625-6580 or email Solidwaste@spokanecity.org.