January 13, 2021
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: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/summarypages/2004057.html 
We are now accepting comments on this draft, using this E-Comments form. (http://swm.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=pNUT7)
Comments are due January 22, 2021.
Upcoming Events:
NERC Webinar: Buying Recycled - A Training
Wednesday, January 13th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM . This training webinar will provide purchasing officials, decision-makers, and recycling advocates with information about: Why buying recycled is important, Legislation and content standards, Making a commitment to buy recycled, Getting started, Examples of recycled products, Price, quality and availability, Specifications, Testing, Contracts, cooperative purchasing and closed loop, Waste Prevention and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Recordkeeping and evaluation, The presenter will be Richard Keller, Baltimore County (MD) Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Recycling Division. He has more than 40 years of legislative, policy and implementation experience in buy recycling programs. He has conducted more than 180 training programs on buying recycled programs and is the author of the Buy Recycled Training Manual. Click here to Register!

NERC Webinar: Depackaging & Commercial Composting – An Integrated System for Organics Wednesday January 20 at 11:00 AM Depackaging is a relative new player in the commercial composting industry, providing a tool for commercially generated food waste - such as unsold and damaged food and beverages - to be separated from its packaging. The food is composted in an anaerobic digestor and the packaging is recycled. In this webinar, jointly hosted by NERC and NEWMOA, we will hear from three industry experts on this topic: Debra Darby, Tetra Tech - will lay the context for how depackaging and anaerobic digestion fit into the commercial composting framework and its evolution. John Hanselman, Vanguard Energy - will discuss their depackaging facilities and the relationship to anaerobic digestion and on-farm composting. Brian Paganini, Quantum BioPower - will discuss their depackaging and anaerobic digestor, as well as the soil amendment manufactured as part of the process and its packaging recycling program. Register here.

SWANA Evergreen Chapter: Solid Waste Finance and Decision Management
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 1- 3 p.m. This virtual technical session features two presentations: My Garbage Bill Is Too High! Trends, Measures, and Strategies for Solid Waste Rate Affordability and Landfill End Use Decision-Making Framework: Application of Continual Management Processes for Closed Landfill Value Optimization. Registration is $25.

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 recycle@wsra.net.
Career Postings:
Methow Recycles
Twisp, WA

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA

Multiple Areas around Washington State

If you have a career posting you would like to share, email recycle@wsra.net
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 Recycle@wsra.net
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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.
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