Plastic bags get tangled in the sorting equipment and can shut down an entire facility, posing safety hazards to workers who have to remove them from the machinery. (Courtesy Waste Management)

What is the state of recycling in the Tri-Cities?

Though each of the Tri-Cities offers curbside garbage service, each handles recycling differently. Pasco, West Richland and greater Benton County...

Q&A with Todd Brix

Todd Brix CEO and Co-founder OCOchem Todd Brix Number of employees you oversee: 5 What is OCOchem? OCOchem is a...

Environment Briefs – May 2022

New paint recycling tops 581,000 gallons PaintCare, Washington’s new paint recycling program, reports it collected more than 581,000 gallons of...
Hector Rodriguez, owner of Teto Eco Wash in Kennewick, makes it his mission to keep the community’s garbage bins clean and sanitized with an eco-friendly process. (Courtesy Teto Eco Wash)

Company transforms garbage bins from dirty to disinfected

Hector Rodriguez smelled an opportunity while pressure washing garbage cans to earn extra money. He realized he could launch a...

Tri-Cities’ greenhouse gas footprint better than most metro areas

Over the next few years, we’ll be hearing a lot about Scope 1, 2 and 3. No, it’s not a...
The Broetje Family Trust is employing solar power and water recycling to fulfill its stewardship mission as it builds a new office and school building at Tierra Vida in east Pasco. Chervenell Construction is the general contractor for the project, which opens this summer. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell )

Broetje Family Trust brings a green touch to its east Pasco quarters

The Broetje Family Trust is turning to solar power and water recycling to help fulfill its stewardship mission as it...
As more workers become vaccinated and return to the office, state and local rideshare proponents hope they’ll consider rideshare options, like Ben Franklin Transit’s vanpool program, to reduce ground-level ozone levels. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Air pollution improves but region still has highest levels in state

The Tri-Cities’ ozone levels, the highest in the state, have landed the region on national and state watch lists for...
Royal Anda, Zane Arntzen, Marcus Thomé and Elias Thomé of the Sagebrush Montessori School’s Roots & Shoots Ecology Club, assist Jane LePage of Energy Northwest with annual maintenance and debris clearing on constructed owl burrows located near Columbia Generating Station north of Richland. (Courtesy Energy Northwest)

Burrowing owls get help with their spring cleaning at Energy Northwest

Burrowing owls that make their home in the shrub steppe habitat around Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station in Richland got...

Q&A with Marc Spinner

Friends of Badger Mountain, Current Vice President and Board Member, Former President Marc Spinner What is Friends of Badger Mountain?...

More trees or fewer? The balancing act of the Trillion Trees Act

Every year on Arbor Day school children across the United States are told about the many benefits trees provide to...

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