January 6, 2021
Upcoming Events:
WSRA's Annual Policy Forum:
Wednesday, January 6th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Please join WSRA for our Annual Legislative Forum on January 6, 2021, 9-11 am. This year the event will be held on zoom. You will hear about implementation progress on past bills as well as a preview of bills being offered in the 2021 legislative session. Here is what will be covered: Implementation of recent legislative bills - Department of Ecology, Extended Product Stewardship for Packaging and Printed Paper Bill – Senator Mona Das, Organic Material Management/Compost Bill – Senator Mona Das, Right to Repair Bill – Representative Mia Gregerson, County’s legislative Agenda, including budget items – Paul Jewell, Washington State Association of Counties. Click here to Register!

NERC Webinar: Alternative Recycling Technologies & Products with Post-consumer Resin: On Tuesday Jan. 12 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Moving the conversation about alternative recycling technologies from speculation -to reality, and its role relative to traditional recycling programs and post-consumer resins, is the goal of this webinar. Click here to Register.

NERC Webinar: Buying Recycled - A Training
Wednesday, January 13th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM . This training webinar will provide purchasing officials, decision-makers, and recycling advocates with information about: Why buying recycled is important, Legislation and content standards, Making a commitment to buy recycled, Getting started, Examples of recycled products, Price, quality and availability, Specifications, Testing, Contracts, cooperative purchasing and closed loop, Waste Prevention and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Recordkeeping and evaluation, The presenter will be Richard Keller, Baltimore County (MD) Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Recycling Division. He has more than 40 years of legislative, policy and implementation experience in buy recycling programs. He has conducted more than 180 training programs on buying recycled programs and is the author of the Buy Recycled Training Manual. Click here to Register!

NERC Webinar: Depackaging & Commercial Composting – An Integrated System for Organics Wednesday January 20 at 11:00 AM Depackaging is a relative new player in the commercial composting industry, providing a tool for commercially generated food waste - such as unsold and damaged food and beverages - to be separated from its packaging. The food is composted in an anaerobic digestor and the packaging is recycled. In this webinar, jointly hosted by NERC and NEWMOA, we will hear from three industry experts on this topic: Debra Darby, Tetra Tech - will lay the context for how depackaging and anaerobic digestion fit into the commercial composting framework and its evolution. John Hanselman, Vanguard Energy - will discuss their depackaging facilities and the relationship to anaerobic digestion and on-farm composting. Brian Paganini, Quantum BioPower - will discuss their depackaging and anaerobic digestor, as well as the soil amendment manufactured as part of the process and its packaging recycling program. Register here.

Click here to view other NERC Webinars being offered.

If you have an upcoming event you would like included in an upcoming weekly digest, please email recycle@wsra.net.
Events on Demand:
WRED: Recycle BC, Beyond the Blue Box:
Watch or re-watch this webinar on your own time!

America Recycles: Innovation Fair and Summit The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated America Recycles Week by hosting two days of free, virtual events that focused on creating a more robust and sustainable recycling system in the United States and abroad. The America Recycles: Innovation Fair featured more than 40 innovators from across the recycling system via virtual exhibit halls demonstrating their state-of-the-art products, services, outreach and technologies. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler convened EPA’s third Recycling Summit on America Recycles Day to address the major challenges facing the U.S. recycling system. The Summit engaged executives and leaders from across the recycling value chain to build on their success over the last year and commit to continuing to work together through implementation of a national framework to advance recycling in the United States. The America Recycles: Innovation Fair exhibits and Summit presentations will be available until December 18th at: americarecycles.vfairs.com. Check out the videos and other materials of over 40 exhibitors whose innovative design, impactful technologies and creative communication strategies are advancing recycling.

EPA Value of Repair Webinar
The latest webinar hosted by the SMM Web Academy is now available for viewing. The Value of Repair webinar focused on the repair tradition blossoming in locations across the globe as communities come together to repair what is broken in a variety of ways from community repair events such as Repair Cafes and Fixit Clinics to tool libraries. This webinar will share approaches to expand the growing repair movement that centers around culturally vibrant gatherings where people can bring broken items to be fixed or repurposed with assistance from an “expert” -- who may also be a neighbor or friend. These organizations and events help repair objects as they build community by bringing together the collective spirit of sharing, stewardship and waste reduction. Click here to watch a recording of this webinar

Know of an on-demand training or event? Let us know! recycle@wsra.net
Plastic Packaging Study:
In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Plastic Packaging Evaluation and Assessment law (Chapter 70A.520 RCW), which directed the Washington State Department of Ecology to hire an independent third-party consultant team to study how plastic packaging is managed in Washington and provide recommendations to meet the goals of reducing plastic packaging, including through industry initiative or plastic packaging product stewardship, or both, to:
  • Achieve one hundred percent recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging in all goods sold in Washington by January 1, 2025;
  • Achieve at least twenty percent postconsumer recycled content in packaging by January 1, 2025; and
  • Reduce plastic packaging when possible optimizing the use to meet the need.
The final report to the legislature, Evaluation, Assessment, and Recommendations for the Responsible Management of Plastic Packaging in Washington (Publication 20-07-028), is now available.
This report includes the background for Ecology’s process to contract with a third-party independent consultant to conduct the evaluation and assessment and that consultant’s methodology for completing the contract. It also includes the recommendations provided by the consultant and the links to the five sub-level reports that meet the requirements of the legislation: 

Questions? Contact Alli Kingfisher at: alli.kingfisher@ecy.wa.gov or 509-960-1290
Career Postings:
Methow Recycles
Twisp, WA

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, WA

Multiple Areas around Washington State

The Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority
Cle Elum or Ellensburg, WA

If you have a career posting you would like to share, email recycle@wsra.net
Job Seekers:
Southwest, WA

Seattle, WA

Federal Way, WA

Edgewood, WA

Kirkland, WA

If you're looking for a career in the Recycling, Solid Waste, or Zero Waste industry email your resume to Recycle@wsra.net
Thank you, Precious Metal Partners
WSRA Needs Your Support!
WSRA's ability to connect, educate, and support our members is funded by memberships, sponsorships, and special events. Similar to many non-profits, COVID-19 has forced us to cancel our in-person events for the foreseeable future. This has drastically impacted our operating budget. In order to continue our mission in education and outreach, we need your support now more than ever.
We would greatly appreciate any contribution to help continue our programming.
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