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Beyond Waste is the Washington state plan for managing hazardous and solid waste. This 30-year plan has a clear and simple goal: eliminate wastes and toxics whenever we can and use the remaining wastes as resources. This will contribute to economic, social, and environmental health.
Avoiding wastes and the use of toxic chemicals is the smartest, cheapest, and healthiest approach to waste management. The Beyond Waste Plan shifts from a reactive approach, focusing on management and clean-up, to a proactive approach, with an emphasis on preventing waste in the first place.
The Beyond Waste Plan focuses on five areas or initiatives:
In addition to these initiatives, the plan also addresses:
The five initiatives were chosen as starting points for moving Beyond Waste because they represent large
portions of the waste stream, they impact human health and the environment, and there is momentum and
opportunity moving in these areas. In addition to these areas, the plan also addresses current issues in
solid and hazardous waste systems.
Third Annual Beyond Waste Progress Report Issued
Ecology has released the third annual report documenting progress toward the Beyond Waste plan’s five-year goals. The
16 performance indicators track overall progress on the priority Beyond Waste initiatives.
Beyond Waste Status Report (on the 2009 Beyond Waste Plan)
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