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Event Recycling

The Law

RCW 70.93.093

Official gatherings and sports facilities—Recycling

“In communities where there is an established curbside service and where recycling service is available to businesses, a recycling program must be provided at every official gathering and at every sports facility by the vendors who sell beverages in single-use aluminum, glass, or plastic bottles or cans. A recycling program must include provision of receptacles or reverse vending machines, and coordinators may choose to work with vendors to coordinate the recycling program. The recycling receptacles or reverse vending machines must be clearly marked, and must be provided for the aluminum, glass, or plastic bottles or cans that contain the beverages by the vendor.”

New definitions added to 70.93.030:
Official gathering: an event where authorization to hold the event is approved, recognized, or issued by a government, public body, or authority, including but not limited to fairs, musical concerts, athletic games, festivals, tournaments, or any other formal or ceremonial event, during which beverages are sold by a vendor or vendors in single-use aluminum, glass, or plastic bottles or cans.

Sports facility: an outdoor recreational sports facility, including but not limited to athletic fields and ballparks, at which beverages are sold by a vendor or vendors in single-use aluminum, glass, or plastic bottles or cans.

Summary of Requirements of the Law

Beverage vendors are responsible for providing and funding the recycling program. A recycling program must include and provide:
  • Clearly marked recycling receptacles or reverse vending machines
  • Collection of aluminum, glass, or plastic bottle or cans that contained the beverages sold by the vendor
  • Transportation and recycling services for the collected materials
For information on how to set up a successful recycling program at your event, check out How to Get Started.