February 26, 2020
Save The Date:
WRED Event - Paper Chase 2: The Rise of Domestic Paper Processing
Wednesday April 15, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at North Pacific Paper Company (NorPac). Join WSRA as we dive into the fascinating world of paper processing and contamination! We'll be arriving at NorPac via bus. The bus will start in Tacoma, WA, stop in Longview, WA then continue to NorPac. Event agenda and registration, coming soon!
Board Nominations:
Washington State Recycling Association 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 8 - 12 hours per month to working on WSRA activitites. 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

The 2020 timeline for the nomination process is as such:

  • Nominations for board positions open (February 14)
  • Nominations close (March 16)
  • WSRA Board of Directors finalizes list of nominees (March 19)
  • Ballots distributed to membership (April 1)
  • Voting ends (April 20)
  • Election results announced (May 17- May 20, 2020)
  • New board members' terms begin (July 1)
To be considered, please fill out the nomination form by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 16. Information from this form will be used by the nominating committee to prepare the ballot as well as used to prepare the packet sent to the membership when they are voting. Potential nominees are encouraged to ask questions or get additional information by contacting me at recycle@wsra.net or 206-622-8425.
WSRA's 40th Annual Conference & Trade Show
Registration is now open! Register now to receive our Early Bird pricing!

2020 WSRA Conference and Trade Show
May 17-20, 2020
Vancouver Hilton, Vancouver WA

Detailed information on registration rates can be found here! Registration for Facility Tours coming soon! Precious Metal Partner discount codes have been emailed! The WSRA Conference Committee has been hard at work putting together another outstanding program for this year's Conference. Don't forget to check out the general Conference Schedule (Sessions have been added) and remember to check back as we continue to update!
Booking your Room:
Vancouver Hilton Enjoy this central Vancouver location when you stay at their contemporary, pet-friendly hotel. Be close to local attractions and use our environmentally-conscious hotel as a comfortable base from which to explore the delights of Vancouver and Portland. Located at 301 W 6th St, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Book your room today! Use the link below to receive our group rate!
WSRA Student Guest's:
Student Guest Applications Now Being Accepted - 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 2020 Conference and becoming more engaged in the recycling industry.

An application can be downloaded HERE or visit the WSRA website to submit an online application and an informational flyer downloaded HERE.
Sponsorship Opportunities:
Our sponsorship's, which range from $150 to $5,000, are offered to businesses and organizations who would like visibility at the conference, on our website, and in our organization’s publications. Sponsoring the WSRA's 40th Annual Conference & Trade Show is your opportunity to reach the WSRA membership and conference attendees while showing your commitment to the recycling industry in Washington state.

If you're a Precious Metal Partner, please refer to your email with your promotional code prior to making your selections!
Exhibitor Booth:
The WSRA Conference and Trade Show attracts the Northwest’s leading recyclers; solid waste reduction specialists; city, county and state administrators; and environmentally-conscious private sector businesses. This provides you the opportunity to network with recycling professionals and decision-makers from around the Pacific Northwest.  The exhibit hall at the WSRA's 40th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers a unique opportunity to meet customers and clients, create new market relationships and enhance existing relationships, showcase your programs and equipment, and contribute to the advancement of recycling in Washington State.

If you're a Precious Metal Partner, please refer to your email with your promotional code prior to receive your discounted Exhibitor Booth!  
WSRA Golf Scramble, Weapons of Grass Destruction:
This year's WSRA Golf Tournament will be bigger and better than ever!

Join us on Sunday, May 17, 2020 hosted at Tri-Mountain Golf Course, located in Ridgefield, Washington. Tri-Mountain is known for providing guests the utmost in personal service, a friendly atmosphere and a beautifully-conditioned course. 

Situated at the base of a valley and surrounded by Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, Tri-Mountain Golf Course offers a picturesque vista and unmatched natural beauty golfers will not soon forget.

While enjoying the natural scenery, golfers will encounter 11 lakes, 64 sand bunkers and award winning greens which enhance the challenge and enjoyment of the golf course.

A four-star public golf facility, Tri-Mountain delivers a level of service traditionally reserved for a country club. By ensuring the satisfaction of every guest both on and off the course Tri-Mountain creates an exceptional golf experience that keeps players coming back time and time again.

Interested in registering to Golf or sponsoring this event? Click below for more details!!
Upcoming Events:

City of Federal Way - Free Shredding Event
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Columbia Bank at 33515 9th Ave S in Federal Way, WA. These shredding events are scheduled every few weeks for the next several months! To see future events, view the event schedule here.

WRED: Reduce, Reuse, Reboot! Electronic's Recycling in Washington
Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM at 3R Technology at 5551 1st Ave. South Seattle, WA 98108  . Click here to register!

Repair Cafe - Port Townsend
February 29th 2020 from 10am-2pm at the Jefferson County Recreational Center 620 Tyler st. Port Townsend. Want to volunteer? Need more information? Contact: Tracy at oldtimeyart@centurylink.net  or visit repaircafeporttownsend.com

Repair Cafe - Lopez Island
March 7, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Lopez Library .

Repair Cafe - Twisp
Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Twisp Works in the Your Space room.

WRED: Paper Chase 2: The Rise of Domestic Paper Processing
SAVE THE DATE!! Wednesday April 15, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at North Pacific Paper Company (NorPac). Join WSRA as we dive into the fascinating world of paper processing! We'll be meeting in Tacoma, WA and taking a bus to the NorPac Paper Mill in Longview, WA. Agenda and registration, coming soon!

SWANA NW Regional Symposium
April 21-23, 2020 at Tulalip Resort Casino. Register here . Optional tour includes Boeing Renton, Recology South Seattle Recycling Center, and Microsoft’s Impact Bioenergy food digester.

WasteExpo 2020
Conference & Special Events on May 4-7, 2020 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in
New Orleans, LA, USA. Click here for more information.

WSRA's Golf Scramble, Weapons of Grass Destruction:
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Click here to register or to sponsor!

40th Annual WSRA Conference and Trade Show:
At the Hilton in Vancouver, Washington from May 17,2020 - May 20,2020. Click here to register!

Sustainable Oregon Conference 2020
AOR's 42nd annual conference at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon from June 10th - 12th, 2020.

Plastics Caps & Closures 2020 Conference
September 21-23, 2020 in Schaumburg, IL. Click here for more information and to register !

E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show
October 26-28, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. For more information, click here !

If you have an upcoming event you would like included in next week's weekly digest, please email recycle@wsra.net.
Industry News:
Waste Management acquires Miller Sanitation 
According to the report, the acquisition will add 2,500 residential and 500 commercial customers in Southwest and Central Minnesota to Waste Management’s operations.  Learn More...
Waste Today

NextGen Cup Challenge, driven by McDonald's and Starbucks, rolls out reusable cup pilot in California
The NextGen Cup Consortium, an effort driven by McDonald's and Starbucks, is debuting reusable cup pilot programs at independent coffee shops around San Francisco and Palo Alto, California this week. The consortium is managed by Closed Loop Partners' (CLP) Center for the Circular Economy, with the World Wildlife Fund serving as an advisory partner and design firm IDEO running the pilots. Learn More...
Waste Dive

Food Waste: Grocery Chains Work to Reduce Waste
The federal government estimates that a third of all food — an estimated aggregate value of $240 billion — produced in the U.S. annually is wasted. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture retail and household waste makes up 31 percent of the food loss, approximately 133 billion pounds a year. Learn More...
Waste Advantage Magazine


If you or your organization have news you would like included in an upcoming Digest,
Career Postings:
Waste Management
Kirkland, WA

City of Burien
Burien, WA

City of Spokane, Solid Waste Department
Spokane, WA

Lewis County
Centralia, WA

Indonesia (Flexibility on city; Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, etc.)

Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

Kitsap County
Port Orchard, WA

Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.
Seattle, Washington

Department of Ecology, Washington State
Lacey, WA

Lautenbach Industries
Mount Vernon, WA
Precious Metal Sponsors:
Washington State Recycling Association | PO Box 2299, Port Orchard WA 98366

Recycle@WSRA.net | 206-622-8425 | wsra.net
Sincerely,
Megan Smothers
Executive Director