ResultsThe results of the WA Commingled Improvement Project vary between the tangible and intangible. For many local government participants, simply meeting together with all stakeholders involved from curb to manufacturer greatly increased the awareness of what was happening to the materials they include in their curbside recycling programs.
Here are some quotes on the value of workgroup participation for the Southwest Region:
[The City of Tacoma] actively participated in the project and thought the process was extremely rewarding because of the diverse group working together to evaluate the facts and making recommendations at a regional level.
[Thurston County] found this process to be extremely eye-opening. While local governments were certainly aware of some problems, such as the affects of glass in commingled recycling, there were many other serious issues faced by the MRFs and manufacturers that few were aware of. ... There is great benefit in taking action at a regional level.
More than anything [for Kitsap County], this process has opened up the discussion of changes, internally. I think the [Southwest] BMPs will serve as a great tool to provide to commissioners and other decision makers as we consider changes.
Being a member of the workgroup has personally really helped me understand the issues and many different facets of recycling. I think it has also reaffirmed our decision to exclude glass for our curbside recycling program in Pierce County.
The reports have given me invaluable support for suggesting changes in the Clallam County recycling program.
The key reports and BMPs that resulted from the Southwest Region's work are:
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