Affiliates WACSWM

Washington Association of County Solid Waste Managers

Preparing and implementing local solid waste plans and programs are often overshadowed or overlooked by state agencies, the Legislature, interest groups and the private sector. While we know that all groups have something to bring to the table, for the past couple of years it feels like those of us assigned “primary responsibility for solid waste management” were being invited late, or not at all.

Related to this is that, as solid waste managers retire or take on other responsibilities, we risk losing both institutional memory and means for effectively communicating among our peers.

Unmarketable Recyclables – Disposal Waiver Guidance

Washington Association of County Solid Waste Managers (WACSWM) developed short-term disposal guidance for unmarketable recyclables in light of China’s “Blue Sky” initiative that set lower contamination limits, and outright bans for some materials shipped off for recycling. This disposal guidance waiver provides local governments areas to consider if they are approached by their recycling service provider for relief in the stockpiling of recyclable materials. More long-term recycling program changes should be addressed through the local government’s Solid Waste Management Plan, requiring approval by locally elected officials.

Resources

Commingled Recycling Information

Staff Contact

PAUL JEWELL
Policy Director
(360) 489-3024
pjewell@wsac.org

WACSWM Officers 2020-2022

DEB GEIGER
Co-Chair
Spokane County

TRAVIS DUTTON
Co-Chair
Clark County

RORY WINTERSTEEN
Leadership Team
Eastern WA Representative
Lincoln County

RUBY IRVING
Leadership Team
Eastern WA Representative
Klickitat County

MARGO GILLASPY
Leadership Team
Western WA Representative
Skagit County

GREG GACHOWSKY
Leadership Team
Western WA Representative
Lewis County