December 16, 2020
Upcoming Events:
PSI/SWANA/ISWA/EXPRA Webinar: What Packaging EPR Means for Haulers and MRFs Dec. 16 at 11:00 AM. The webinar will feature an overview of packaging EPR in the U.S., including emerging program models, and a facilitated discussion among leading public and private recyclers about the challenges and opportunities in switching to an EPR system. We have a fantastic slate of speakers from large and small, private and public waste and recycling companies. Click here to Register.

West Coast Climate Forum presents: Equity, diversity and inclusion workshop
January 4 and 5, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST Equity, diversity and inclusion work is not swift: it is an iterative process of awareness building, information gathering, analysis, vision development, planning, and action. There is no magic shortcut. In this two-part workshop, we will co-create an interactive space to explore foundational components of the work of equity, diversity and inclusion. The topics include the role of wholeheartedness in the work of equity, diversity and inclusion; Center for Diversity & the Environment’s theory of change; understanding the barriers to and opportunities of inclusion in community engagement; the importance of developing your personal and organizational “Why” statements; and other considerations for equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. We will work in the large group and in small groups via Zoom. These are interactive sessions and your full engagement is requested. Please note: This is a *two-part workshop* on Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 5, 9:30 to 11:00 am. We request your participation on both days. Limited space is available. Registration deadline: December 18 (or earlier if maximum capacity is reached). 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.

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Events on Demand:
In Case You Missed It: Content still available from 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: 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 Available Online
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

WRED: Recycle BC, Beyond the Blue Box:
Watch or re-watch this webinar on your own time!
Industry News:
Oregon and Washington recycling
The Oregon Recycling Steering Committee (RSC), convened by Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to modernize Oregon's recycling system, resulted in Legislative Concept 578, which would require producers of covered products to join a producer responsibility organization, submit a program plan to DEQ, and to reimburse local governments for certain expenses, among other requirements of a statewide EPR system for consumer brands and packaging producers. This is a draft concept prior to Oregon's 2012 legislative session and is expected to be revised. The Washington State Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology committee December 1 work session included a presentation and discussion of the plastic packaging report and its three primary recommendations: 1) EPR for all packaging, 2) deposit return system for beverage containers, 3) recycled content requirements for plastic packaging. A bill including these recommendations is expected in 2021. Watch video of the 15-min Senate work session.

2020 shapes up as major year for M&A, consolidation in waste and recycling industry. Waste Management, Republic Services, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental, Wheelabrator and many others all had a particularly active stretch of deal-making across numerous states. Learn More...
Waste Dive

California Rule Facilitating the Recycling of Solar Panels Takes Effect January 1, 2021 A new rule will take effect in California on January 1, 2021 that will allow generators of decommissioned solar panels (photovoltaic or PV modules) to manage them more economically as universal waste as opposed to hazardous waste under current California law. Learn More...
Waste Advantage Magazine
How To Spot Greenwashing
Eco-friendly claims are no guarantee that a product is truly sustainable. To be smart shoppers, we need to learn how to spot greenwashing. Learn More...
Career Postings:
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

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Job Seekers:
Southwest, WA

Seattle, WA

Federal Way, WA

Edgewood, WA

Kirkland, WA

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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.
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