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Gina Claeys

Episode 2 of the Talking Trash Podcast

Gina Claeys, Recycling Outreach Assistant, 509.625.6872

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:35 a.m.

Episode 2 of the Talking Trash Podcast

Photo by Tarawyn Waters

Join us as we get to know Jim Schrock, owner of Earthworks Recycling and Urban Eden Farm!

Jim Schrock has been in the recycling business since he was 13, selling newspapers he picked up from residents of his community in Hartline, WA. That early interest in recycling eventually morphed into opening Earthworks Recycling, at 1904 E Broadway Avenue in Spokane. He opened in 1980, ten years before curbside recycling started in Spokane.

He started Urban Eden Farm in 2003, a sustainable farm in Vinegar Flats. “Make up stuff as you go”, Jim advises.

His businesses have adapted to stay relevant over the years, adding services such as freon removal, document shredding, business pickups, and pallet recycling to Earthworks, and adding a farm stand and community-supported agriculture share option to Urban Eden Farm.

Jim cites the good help he’s had and ability to think creatively about new ideas as what has helped him to stay in business for so long. Jim personifies a sustainable, low resource-consumptive lifestyle and is an inspirational member of the Spokane community.

Give the podcast a listen and leave us a comment or question! To listen to the podcast and check out other waste reduction information, go to our Solid Waste webpage. Contact: Gina Claeys at 509.625.6872 or

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