March 10, 2021
WSRA Board of Directors:
WSRA is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Board candidates must be members (precious metal, organization or individual) in good standing who are willing to commit at least 8 - 12 hours per month to working on WSRA activities. Being part of the WSRA Board of Directors is a great way to help set the direction for the association's work and is rewarding, educational, and lots of fun!

A packet of information about serving on the WSRA board is HERE. You can view current Board members HERE. WSRA Board terms are two year term. This year, six board members terms will be ending with many choosing to re-run. Fill board information (names, pictures, biographies, titles, and organizations) will be included in election ballot distributed to the main contact of each member for our 2021 election.

To be considered, please fill out the nomination form by 5:00 PM on March 16, 2021. Information from your form will be used by the nominating committee to prepare the ballot and used to prepare the Election Packet that's sent to the membership for voting.

If you are interested in running to join the Board of Directors but would like more information, please feel free to reach out to Megan or any current Board member!
WSRA Conference Logo Contest:
* Only two days left to submit *
WSRA is seeking logo contest entries for our 41st Annual Conference & Trade Show in May 2021.

Help us represent our 2021 Conference theme of “Sunny Days Ahead,” which encourages all to look forward to a hopeful future for the recycling industry and evokes the feeling of a sunny or tropical getaway (a welcome break from our pandemic reality).

Please download and read the “Official Contest Rules” before submitting your entry. Participation in this contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the Official Contest Rules. Click here to view past WSRA conference themes and logos for reference.

Not a graphic designer? Help us spread the word! Share contest information with anyone who might be interested!

The deadline to submit an entry is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021.

The winning logo will win a $200 cash prize or free registration at our 2021 Conference.
Recycler of the Year and Hall of Fame Awards
The Recycler of the Year awards spotlight individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations that are making outstanding contributions to expanding and strengthening recycling and waste prevention. WSRA welcomes nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated noteworthy dedication, innovation and success in recycling initiatives across the state.
Be sure to nominate a business or individual making strides to improve the recycling/waste reduction industry so they get the recognition they deserve!
A committee of recycling professionals and community members will review 2021 Recycler of the Year nominations and select recipients, whose accomplishments will be featured at our Annual Conference, to be held virtually on May 24 - 25, 2021.
Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021.
To submit a nomination, simply download and fill out the form then email the completed form to
Student Guest Program:
Student Guest Applications Now Being Accepted
WSRA is proud to offer student scholarships for our Annual Conference available to undergraduate and graduate students in Washington and AmeriCorps volunteers. These scholarships provide an outstanding opportunity for future leaders in the industry to network with leading industry professionals, expand their knowledge of recycling and waste reduction, and prepare themselves for a career in a rewarding and innovative field. Click here to view or download our informational flyer.
Download the 2021 WSRA Student Application here or click below to apply online.
WSRA welcomes college students to apply for a scholarship to attend our Annual Conference and Trade Show.
We highly encourage WSRA members to share this opportunity through your own networks, alumni associations, and to students you think would be interested in attending the 2021 Conference and becoming more engaged in the recycling industry.
Application deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021
Upcoming Events:
International Biomass Conference
March 16-17,2021 virtually. This event brings current and future producers of bioenergy and biobased products together with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. It’s a true one-stop shop – the world’s premier educational and networking junction for all biomass industries. This event provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face via live private video meetings with industry experts who will offer new technology and solutions to making plants and facilities safely operate at peak capacity and optimum efficiency. Click here for more information and to register.

NWRA's Revisiting the Lock Down: New Strategies Your Business Should Take to Get Workers Vaccinated & Tackle New COVID Laws It’s been a year after the Coronavirus lockdown. Vaccines are here and things are finally starting to return to normal! Yet, new COVID laws & getting vaccines to workers make pre-COVID business operations seem like a thing of the past. We will hear from NWRA’s workplace safety gurus: attorney and safety professional Adele Abrams Esq. and our very own Kirk Sander & Jim Riley. They will give you crucial information on how we can start getting our businesses back to normal. Click here to register.

NERC: Reframing Recycling 2021
NERC’s Spring '21 Conference is a virtual two-day event on March 30 - 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily). The Reframing Recycling in 2021 Conference provides the opportunity to discuss the industry's most pertinent issues, including: Canada's EPR programs, setting post-consumer recycling requirements, rPET markets, secondary sorting facilities, compostable packaging, refillable bottle programs, and US EPR programs. View the conference Agenda HereClick here to register.

WSRA's 41st Annual Conference and Trade Show
Join us on Monday and Tuesday May 24 - 25, 2021 for our 2nd virtual and 41st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Our two-day program will offer thought provoking keynotes, educational breakout sessions, and fun & interactive networking events! Registration and sponsorship opportunities will open soon!

WasteEXPO Conference
June 28-30, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether you are from the private sector, a small, medium or large public sector waste management company, organics management, or food waste management company, or a manufacturer or supplier from the U.S. or abroad, count on WasteExpo to bring the entire industry together under one roof. Click here to view event website. Click here to register.

If you have an upcoming event you would like included in an upcoming weekly digest, please email
Career Postings:
Waste Management
Kirkland, WA

WA State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

WA State Department of Ecology
Shoreline, WA

Cascadia Consulting Group
Seattle, WA

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, WA

If you have a career posting you would like to share, email
Job Seekers:
Seattle, WA

Southwest, WA

Seattle, 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
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.
WSRA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. As such Contributions to section 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer's business
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