November 2019 News from Zero Waste Washington
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Prepping for the upcoming legislative session

Last session was amazing. Washington State legislators championed a slew of zero waste bills, and with the support of Zero Waste Washington, terrific partners, and all of you, five bills passed. A suite of bills are in the pipeline for January 2020, addressing plastic bags, food “to go “ware, batteries, medical sharps (i.e., needles and syringes), flushable wipes and more.  READ MORE →

Residential recycling and organics collection report

Zero Waste Washington is pleased to announce the publication of our new report –The State of Residential Recycling and Organics Collection in Washington State - written by our fabulous UW fellow, Nicolás M. Díaz Huarnez. We found that residential recycling and organics collection is highly variable across the state, with the most robust service available in the Puget Sound region. Some highlights:
  • Residential curbside recycling collection is available in 58% of jurisdictions and organics collection is available in 49% of jurisdictions in Washington.
  • 57% of local jurisdictions accept plastic bottles at curbside and an additional 21% accept them at drop-off stations and boxes​     READ MORE →

The Mazama Store ditches coffee cups

50 billion paper cups are thrown away in the US,every year. That is almost 140 million coffee cups a day tossed in the trash. As anyone who travels around Washington knows, we have many, many coffee shops. A rough estimate is that Washington coffee drinkers are responsible for 3.6 million paper cups being tossed every single day. Imagine the impact if 50% of people brought a reusable cup.  The Mazama Store has taken action to address the problem.  READ MORE →

Fixers speak out

After a successful year in Tacoma, Fix-it Fairs are expanding to Seattle and Kitsap County starting in January 2020.

These will add to the growing list of fix-it and repair events occurring all across Washington.

We were curious. What do fixers think about these events? We asked our fixers. READ MORE →

Commercial composting, from a Kyrgyzstan perspective
By Chinara Sultanalieva, Community Solutions Program Fellow from Kyrgyzstan at Zero Waste Washington
Commercial composting is complicated. I experienced this first-hand when I attended the terrific Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) Compost Facility Operator Training at WSU-Puyallup in October. We learned how high-quality compost is produced. Basically, it is all about math and formulas. READ MORE → 
Duwamish Youth Corps:  Plastic waste education and videos

We have wrapped up our first year working with youth in the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps and as interns for Zero Waste Washington. Throughout both projects, the youth have done amazing work including litter cleanups, developing outreach materials, conducting business outreach and making videos. You won’t want to miss these fabulous videos READ MORE →  
Annual end-of-year campaign underway! 

We here at Zero Waste Washington could not do our work without you. We have two annual fundraising efforts – GiveBIG in May and our annual appeal in November/December. As we approach the end of 2019, please consider a gift to Zero Waste Washington to support our work for policy changes, less plastic in our world and ultimately, a sustainable zero waste world.
And thank you for all that you do in your own lives and in the community to help create a zero waste future. Actions you take every day help reduce the amount of waste going into the trash!
Thank you for your generous support which is paving the way for a zero waste future in Washington. Send us your success stories! We’d love to hear them and maybe even include them in a future newsletter.
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