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Waste 2 Resources Program

RECYCLING

Recycling keeps materials out of landfills where they can contaminate groundwater systems and generate greenhouse gases. Recycling also keeps materials out of incinerators that can pollute the air and create ash residue. But recycling is more than a way to manage wastes; a thriving recycling system conserves natural resources and creates green jobs.

Using recycled material to make paper, plastic, glass and metal products saves energy. Collecting, processing and transporting recycled materials typically uses less energy than extracting, transporting and processing raw materials. Using recycled materials also moves jobs into the green economy.

E-Cycle Washington - Electronic Product Recycling - producer-financed product stewardship program for the collection, transportation and recycling of computers, televisions, and e-readers

Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship - producer-financed product stewardship program for the collection, transportation and recycling of mercury-containing lights

Improving Commingled Recycling in WA - regional workgroup collaboration to address reducing contamination in commingled recycling systems in Washington.

Kids Page - interactive website to teach young people the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and solid waste management

Tires - waste tire pile cleanup, prevention, and more

Recycling Diversion and Disposal Data - solid waste generation, recycling, diversion, disposal, waste characterization, and moderate risk waste data

Event Recycling - recycling programs are required at official gatherings and sports facilities in communities where recycling services are available to businesses

Recycling On-Line Tools - local government resources, searchable databases, and more



More information on Recycling...

1-800-RECYCLE Database - search for a place to take your recyclable items

Reusable Materials Exchange - find reusable building materials and a variety of household items.

Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) Team - offers assistance to businesses and industries to engineer efficiency into their operations -- reducing wastes, water and energy use.

Washington's Lean and Environment - information and assistance on lean manufacturing practices to reduce the impact of waste, pollution and toxicity in work environments, and help the bottom line.

Toward a Sustainable Washington - steps Ecology is taking to foster sustainable communities and natural resources.

A Pocket Guide to Sustainability - explains sustainability and provides a checklist of activities you can easily incorporate into your daily life. (Spanish version: Breve Guía Sobre Sustentabilidad)

Toxic Free Tips - Resources for a safer and healthier home, school, workplace, and community.

Managing Food Scraps at Institutions and Agencies - tips and techniques on starting a food scrap management program at institutions and agencies.

Recycling Rate Press Release - news on Washington's recycling, diversion and waste generation rates.

Focus on the Benefits of Recycling - recycling is an important way to reduce the harmful environmental effects of industrial activities, and a thriving recycling system creates jobs.
Benefits of Recycling: Metals, Paper,Construction Debris and Organics
Benefits of C&D Debris Recycling and Diversion

Frequently Asked Questions - twenty questions and answers about recycling various materials.

Other Resources & Links - recycling tools and links to other environmental agencies and associations.

Web Sites for Students and Teachers - links to other recycling, curriculum, and grants.

City, County Recycling Web Pages - recycling and solid waste links and contact information for all 39 Washington counties and more than 20 cities.

Solid Waste Information Clearinghouse - local government professionals can share experiences, information and resources about solid waste programs and activities around the state.

Access to Residential Recycling in Washington State (Map) - this map shows access to residential recycling in Washington, including curbside programs, drop-off locations and buy-back centers.

Facility Report Forms

Recycling Annual Report Form
Compost Annual Report Form
Recycling Survey Form
Other Solid Waste Facility Report Forms
Exemptions from Solid Waste Permitting
Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington - contact information for local health departments.