March 11, 2020
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 or 206-622-8425.
WSRA Golf Scramble, Weapons of Grass Destruction:
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. 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.

Prizes include, $2,500 Roll the Dice, $10,000 Hole In One, and many more!

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

Click the link below and use group code "WRA" to receive our discounted 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.
Website Update:
We recently underwent a website renovation! We value all members input and the member login portion of the website was a common issue with many members. For that reason, we removed it from the website. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call or email us! The email distribution and invoicing will be handled in the same manor it has been. If you would like to update information or be added to our email distribution list, simple email !

If you are having troubling viewing the new website, you may need to clear your history and cache. If the issues persists, you might need to advise your IT team to clear the network cache.
Upcoming Events:

* Please note some dates have changed or are subject to change! Verify event details prior to registering.

WEBINAR: Polyethylene and Polypropylene Resin Market Outlook
Wednesday Mar 11, 2020 02:00 PM in  Eastern Time (US and Canada) 2019 was an interesting year for the petrochemical industry. The trade war with China, sanctions in Iran and the turmoil in Venezuela all have contributed to a murky outlook and have industry professionals wondering what the remainder of this year will bring. While we at RTi do not possess a crystal ball to predict the future of resin prices, we can use a combination of market intelligence, a network containing over 14 billion pounds of annual transactions and decades of experience to get a picture of where the markets are likely to be moving. Register Here!

PN Live - Inside Washington. Sponsored by: EREMA
Join us Wednesday March 18th, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT. Single-use plastic bans, preemption laws, trade policy, infrastructure spending, producer responsibility laws and more… in our next Plastics News Live, Don Loepp, Editor, will talk to Steve Toloken, Assistant Managing Editor, about legislative and regulatory issues impacting plastics in Washington, D.C. and state capitols. We will also look at China trade, chemical recycling legislation, new UN restrictions on shipping plastic waste and Congressional committees that are taking their first look in a decade at problems with plastics recycling. We will also look at some high-profile court cases like Formosa’s $50 million judgement in a pellet pollution lawsuit and what that could mean for other companies, and Congressional committees that continue looking at plastic waste. Register Here!

Repair Clark County
March 12, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Woodland Community Center. Questions? Contact 360-882-0936 x 224, email ,

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

Repair Clark County
May 16th from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Camas Public Library. Questions? Contact 360-882-0936 x 224, email ,

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.

WasteExpo 2020
Conference & Special Events on August 10-13, 2020 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, USA. Click here for more information.

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

SWANA NW Regional Symposium
October 13-15, 2020 at Tulalip Resort Casino. Register here . Optional tour includes Boeing Renton, Recology South Seattle Recycling Center, and Microsoft’s Impact Bioenergy food digester.

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

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Industry News:
Washington legislature passes bills on single-use bags and PCR requirements 
Plastics are a prominent focus for lawmakers this session, with multiple bills focused on banning items or mandating recycled content levels. Another bill targeting expanded polystyrene products has also seen movement. Learn More...
Waste Dive

Volvo CE partners with Waste Management to achieve zero waste to landfill 
The journey to zero landfill was a multi-year, multi-step process in partnership with Houston-based Waste Management, the site’s waste service provider.  Learn More...
Waste Today

One state moves toward mandating solar panel recycling
Legislation in Arizona would establish recycling requirements for end-of-life solar panels, requiring manufacturers to create a recycling program or face a per-panel fee at point-of-sale. Learn More...
E-Scrap News

Packaging maker to recycle thermoforms into new products
U.S. plastic thermoform manufacturer Direct Pack Inc. has acquired a PET reclaimer and is now processing recovered thermoforms at a Mexico site. Learn More...
Plastics Recycling Update

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Career Postings:
Pierce County
Tacoma, WA

King County
Seattle, WA

Kitsap County
Port Orchard, WA

Waste Management
Kirkland, WA

Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

Cascadia Consulting Group
Seattle, WA or Oakland, CA

Waste Management
Kirkland, WA

City of Burien
Burien, WA

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

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 | 206-622-8425 |
Megan Smothers
Executive Director