Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes

Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes in Washington House Bill would be first of its kind in the nation Last week Friday, the Washington House approved new secure medicine return legislation with an 86-12 bipartisan vote. The law (ESHB 1047) requires drug manufacturers to finance and coordinate a convenient and secure take-back system for unused medicines. When the program is launched,

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Columbia County Suspends Waste Collection

The Columbia County Public Works Department announces that the County’s recycling and yard waste collection programs are suspended due to a lack of funding. On Thursday, July 20th, the Legislature ended its third special session without adopting a Capital Budget.  Within the $4 billion dollar capital budget was $10 million dollars to support the statewide recycling, household hazardous waste collection,

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Funding for Solid Waste Cut

Senate cuts funding for solid waste The Senate capital budget only provides $10 million dollars for Coordinated Prevention Grants (CPG).  This funding has historically been at a little over $28 million for several years and funds household hazardous waste collection.  The funding is distributed on a formula set by a base amount then added to by population numbers.  When funding

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School Siting Bill Passes

HB 1017 was amended on the House floor and passed by a vote of 82-15. The House school siting bill was amended to address school siting outside the urban growth area (UGA).  For rural areas, the siting issue was unaddressed, hearing that extension of services is the greater issue, water and sewer services are now explicitly allowed.  For urban areas inside

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