December 23, 2020
Happy Holiday’s from the WSRA –
Hello WSRA friends and members. It has been quite the year! In light of that I want to first send well wishes that each of you, along with your family and friends, are healthy as we close out 2020.
The WSRA pulled off our first virtual conference this past November, which was a huge success! Everyone played a massive role in this, not only those who helped behind the scenes with planning, but you, our WSRA members, really made the conference what it was by actively participating and engaging! That engagement allowed the conference to feel like an active experience with the WSRA community, as opposed to simply another webinar. There are certainly some aspects of in person meetings that were missed, but given the circumstances I could not be more proud of our membership for showing up, networking, and making it feel like an event that could have been the norm, instead of the first ever.
The engagement from all of you, which led to the conference being a success, is what gave us the confidence to hold another virtual conference in 2021. While I’m hopeful that this coming year will lead to a lot of things turning around, we didn’t want to risk another cancellation and schedule change of an in person conference attempt. We are currently taking the feedback that you provided from this past year, and looking to apply it to create a virtual conference that has more of a focus on networking, and ramping up the great participation that we had this last year even further.
Covid has created challenging circumstances for many individuals and organizations, and the WSRA is no exception. We greatly appreciate your continued support, whether in being a member, precious metal partner, event sponsor, or attending our conference and additional events. You, our members, are what make the WSRA the great organization that it is! We will do all that we can to be the organization that brings government, public and private members of the recycling, waste and sustainability groups together; to network, learn from each other, and grow both as individuals and as a whole.
I want to thank all of you for your continued support and engagement, whether at our first virtual conference or other virtual events that have been and will continue to take place throughout 2021. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a part of this industry and the WSRA, and I cannot wait for the year ahead.
Happy Holidays,
Joel Kohlstedt – WSRA President

Washington State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan:
Now Accepting Comments on 1st Draft State Plan Update

The Washington State Department of Ecology is working on the five year update of the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan: Moving Washington Beyond Waste and Toxics. A first draft of the five-year update has been published for public input and is available on the Department of Ecology’s website at: 
We are now accepting comments on this draft, using this E-Comments form. (
Comments are due January 22, 2021.
Upcoming Events:
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.

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
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: 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
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

If you have a career posting you would like to share, email
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
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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