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Washington Association of County Solid Waste Managers

ABOUT Solid Waste

Preparing and implementing local solid waste plans and programs are often overshadowed or overlooked by state agencies, the Legislature, interest groups and the private sector. While we know that all groups have something to bring to the table, for the past couple of years it feels like those of us assigned “primary responsibility for solid waste management” were being invited late, or not at all.

Related to this is that as solid waste managers retire or take on other responsibilities, we risk losing both institutional memory and means for effectively communicating amongst peers

Unmarketable Recyclables – Disposal Waiver Guidance

Washington Association of County Solid Waste Managers (WACSWM) developed short-term disposal guidance for unmarketable recyclables in light of China’s “Blue Sky” initiative that set lower contamination limits, and outright bans for some materials shipped off for recycling. This disposal guidance waiver provides local governments areas to consider if they are approached by their recycling service provider for relief in the stockpiling of recyclable materials. More long-term recycling program changes should be addressed through the local government’s Solid Waste Management Plan, requiring approval by locally elected officials.

RESOURCES

Affiliate Leadership

BRENDA BLANCHFIELD

Co-Chair

Chelan County

STEVE WOMBACK

Co-Chair

Pierce County

TODD O’BRIEN

Leadership Team

Adams County

MATT ZYBAS

Leadership Team

Snohomish County

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RORY WINTERSTEEN

Leadership Team

Lincoln County

MARK HERRENKOHL

Leadership Team

San Juan County

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