March 3, 2021
WSRA Conference Logo Contest:
WSRA is seeking logo contest entries for our 41st Annual Conference & Trade Show in May 2021.

Help us represent our 2021 Conference theme of “Sunny Days Ahead,” which encourages all to look forward to a hopeful future for the recycling industry and evokes the feeling of a sunny or tropical getaway (a welcome break from our pandemic reality).

Please download and read the “Official Contest Rules” before submitting your entry. Participation in this contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the Official Contest Rules. Click here to view past WSRA conference themes and logos for reference.

Not a graphic designer? Help us spread the word! Share contest information with anyone who might be interested!

The deadline to submit an entry is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021.

The winning logo will win a $200 cash prize or free registration at our 2021 Conference.
WSRA Board of Directors:
WSRA 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 at least 8 - 12 hours per month to working on WSRA activities. 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.

To be considered, please fill out the nomination form by 5:00 PM on March 16, 2021. Information from your form will be used by the nominating committee to prepare the ballot and used to prepare the Election Packet that's sent to the membership for voting.
Recycler of the Year and Hall of Fame Awards
The Recycler of the Year awards spotlight individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations that are making outstanding contributions to expanding and strengthening recycling and waste prevention. WSRA welcomes nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated noteworthy dedication, innovation and success in recycling initiatives across the state.
 
Be sure to nominate a business or individual making strides to improve the recycling/waste reduction industry so they get the recognition they deserve!
 
A committee of recycling professionals and community members will review 2021 Recycler of the Year nominations and select recipients, whose accomplishments will be featured at our Annual Conference, to be held virtually on May 24 - 25, 2021.
 
Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021.
 
To submit a nomination, simply download and fill out the form then email the completed form to recycle@wsra.net.
Grant Opportunity:
EPA Region 10 has posted a new Request for Applications (RFA) to www.grants.gov for our Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Communities grants program to improve community health, resilience, and/or sustainability through pollution prevention and/or sustainable materials management implementation. 
 
EPA Region 10 anticipates awarding approximately $120,000 under this announcement. Awards will be issued and managed through EPA’s Region 10 Office. EPA anticipates awarding 2-4 grants, ranging from $30,000 to $60,000. Electronic applications are due by Friday, April 30, 11:59 p.m. (EDT), submitted through grants.gov. 
 

Eligible applicants include:  
  •  State, county, and city governments in WA, OR, ID, and AK
  •  Independent school districts  
  •  State-controlled institutions of higher education  
  • Non-profit organizations  
  • Community-based grassroots organizations  
  • Federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia  
  
Eligible projects must take place within the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska. 
 
Region 10 will host two informational webinars: 
·        Thursday, February 25th, 2-3pm PST. Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7836173604394787595  
·        Wednesday, March 3rd, 11am-12pm PST. Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/648640804855662603 
 
Questions? Contact Domenic Calabro calabro.domenic@epa.gov or Kat Compton: compton.kathleen@epa.gov 
Upcoming Events:
Kent Residential Recycling Collection Event
Saturday, March 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm City of Kent Residential Recycling Event – For full details, please visit KentWA.gov/TalkingTrash

NERC: Reframing Recycling 2021
NERC’s Spring '21 Conference is a virtual two-day event on March 30 - 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily). The Reframing Recycling in 2021 Conference provides the opportunity to discuss the industry's most pertinent issues, including: Canada's EPR programs, setting post-consumer recycling requirements, rPET markets, secondary sorting facilities, compostable packaging, refillable bottle programs, and US EPR programs. View the conference Agenda HereClick here to register.

SAVE THE DATE:
WSRA's 41st Annual Conference and Trade Show
Join us on Monday and Tuesday May 24 - 25, 2021 for our 2nd virtual and 41st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Our two-day program will offer thought provoking keynotes, educational breakout sessions, and fun & interactive networking events! Registration and sponsorship opportunities will open soon!

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:
Waste Management
Kirkland, WA

WA State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA

WA State Department of Ecology
Shoreline, WA

Cascadia Consulting Group
Seattle, WA

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, WA


If you have a career posting you would like to share, email recycle@wsra.net
Job Seekers:
Seattle, WA

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
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
Washington State Recycling Association | PO Box 2299, Port Orchard WA 98366

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