The Report - WSRA Newsletter - Fall 2016

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In This Issue: Ready for Primetime and Greening the Game. . ...1 President’s Message. . .......................................2 Calendar of Events...........................................2 Welcome Our Newest Members!. . ......................7

Ready for Primetime and Greening the Game

Precious Metal Partnerships.............................8

August and September WRED Events Recap

While Most Recyclables Collected are Reused, Some Still Go To a Landfill. . ..................10 Washington Working to Optimize Commingled Curbside Recycling Programs. . .......11 Washington’s Only Waste to Energy Facility Turns 25. . .............................................12 Public Event Waste Reduction at Canoe Journey 2016.........................................13 Jury-Rigged Fly Traps.......................................14 Member Milestones.. ........................................16 Thank You Precious Metal Partners! . . .................17

Every year, WSRA hosts several Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) events that attract 50100 recycling professionals from around the Pacific Northwest. Attendees enjoy presentations from leading experts tackling the latest industry issues, offering forums for education and discussion. The one-day workshops include behind-the-scenes tours of facilities, panel discussions, lunch and networking with peers and colleagues. Our second two WRED events of 2016, attracted close to 100 attendees who learned from 13 experts about industry topics and trends, including: Ready for Primetime: Sustainability in Shipping On Thursday, August 11 over 60 attendees joined us at the idyllic Town Hall of Steilacoom in historic Steilacoom, WA for, “Ready for Primetime: Sustainability in Shipping.” Attendees began the day enjoying the beautiful weather and views in downtown Steilacoom. Mayor Ron Lucas, welcomed everyone to his beautiful municipality and kicked off the day. Our event’s emcees and WSRA Board Members, Ron Jones and Jack Bradbury introduced our speakers, starting with Amity Lumper and Christine Duffy with Cascadia Consulting. Amity and Christine gave a fascinating overview of global Packaging Waste Trends and Case Studies. Minal Mistry with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was up next to dive into the lifecycle analysis and sustainable materials management in regards to e-packaging. Minal’s presentation gave a fascinating look at all of the associated environmental impact of the e-shopping culture. Dave Claugus with Pioneer Recycling brought the MRF perspective to the table with his presentation: Sorting of Cardboard from Residential Co-Mingled Recyclables. Dave’s presentation offered great visuals on how cardboard is sorted within a MRF and the downsides continued on page 3

President’s Message Dustin Bender, Sunshine Disposal & Recycling, I hope that you are all enjoying the arrival of autumn. The board, staff and countless member volunteers have been charging into September with a full calendar. September Board Meeting: Our September Board meeting featured a preview of next year’s Conference site in Pasco, with many nice renovations nearing completion. Although we were unable to get a good weather guarantee, we can promise that the Conference Committee is already developing another amazing agenda. Please make sure your calendar is marked for May 7–10, 2017 and join us in Pasco. Board Yard Work: A rainy Saturday at Rick and Sharon Hlavka’s lovely home provided the setting for this year’s Board of Directors Yard Work Day. With a generous bid at this year’s live auction in Wenatchee, the lucky winners netted four hours of work performed by unskilled, but willing, Board Members including Abby Hart, Lisa Sepanski, Jeff West, Charlie Maxwell and me. Thank goodness

Anne and Jay Baunach and Anne Piacentino volunteered or there may have been some mention of a refund. In spite of the crew provided, Rick and Sharon were kind enough to feed everyone an amazing lunch which included many items harvested from their garden. What else? September WRED Event: Well, there was another wonderful WRED event held on September 19 in partnership with the Green Sports Alliance. Thank you to the presenters, sponsors and volunteers for an incredible day of education and networking along with some VIP views of Safeco and Century Link fields. Wrapping up the evening, many continued on to Safeco for a night in the bleachers cheering on the M’s.

Dustin Bender, WSRA President

The coming months have quite a bit in store. Online registration is open for Social Marketing Training with Nancy Lee on October 26–27 and WRED Paint Recycling on December 1. Hope to see you at one or both of these events!

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The Report >> Ready for Primetime and Greening the Game continued from page 1 of plastic film within the curbside stream. After sorting, Pioneer is able to sell the sorted cardboard to WestRock’s Tacoma Mill for processing, where it is made into new products.

by knowledgeable and energetic staff who answered questions and helped explain the inner workings of the facility. One attendee said that the tour was, “One

James Moody with WestRock, joined us next to highlight the “Sustainable Paper Solutions” WestRock has to offer. Broadening the conversation further, UPS’s Wendy Ramsey presented next highlighting the extensive sustainability practices of the United Parcel Service, including their fleet’s alternative fuel usage and their Eco Responsible Packaging program where they work directly with businesses to educate and encourage them to use most sustainable options for shipping. Next, Amazon’s Terese Kietzer and Dr. Kim Houchens presented on Frustration Free Packaging program and Amazon’s internal recycling practices giving a fascinating insight into one of the largest companies and operations in the world. You can learn more about Amazon’s sustainability efforts on their website.

Lively question and answer periods followed each speaker and made for fantastic discussion during networking breaks. Before wrapping up the presentation portion, WSRA board member, Lisa Sepanski and Executive Director, Anne Baunach presented Amazon’s Sustainability Team with their Recycler of the Year Award for Innovation (Amazon was awarded in 2014 for their Frustration-Free Packaging). Following the brief awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch and beverages, at Topside, a local restaurant complete with sunshine and beautiful views. Attendees then took a short ride via school bus for a behind-the-scenes tour of Amazon’s Dupont Fulfillment Center. They were guided

Greening the Game On a rainy Seattle morning, 40 attendees gathered at King Street Center for our Greening the Game WRED event. On Monday, September 19, 2016, WSRA and The Green Sports Alliance partnered to explore food’s lifecycle in some of Seattle’s biggest sports venues. Diving into all aspects of stadium food production and its environmental impacts, food waste prevention, sustainable packaging, and food waste composting.

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of my all-time favorite WRED Tours.” While another attendee said that it was, “an amazing opportunity to get inside and really understand how Amazon works to limit waste and to see how far their innovation has come.” Overall, attendees had extremely positive feedback about the tour and the event as a whole. Thank you to our Gold sponsors, UPS and Amazon, our fantastic host and venue sponsor, Town of Steilacoom and Community Partner, the WA Retail Association. Also, a huge thank you to Ron Jones for taking photos throughout the day!

Unless noted, all article photos credit: Ron Jones

Attendees started the day with refreshments and coffee while taking the chance to network and take in the Seattle skyline. As the rain started to clear, Justin Zeulner, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance welcomed attendees and our panel of speakers and introduced everyone to the history and work of the alliance. This created the platform and connecting thread through the rest of the day. Domenic Calabro, with the US EPA gave us the 10,000-foot view of the current status of food waste and food waste prevention in the US. Highlighting the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Project in which CenturyLink and the Seattle Mariners are both participating. The programs’, Re-TRAC database allows for tracking of participant’s food recovery impacts on GHG emissions and other factors. Learn more about the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Next, the Seattle Mariners brought the teams’ perspective to the panel discussion. Ryan van Maarth, Director of Engineering for the Seattle Mariners ran the bases of the organization’s sustainability practices including highlighting their vegetable garden in partnership with Cedar Grove and BASF and the introduction of their sustainability superheroes “Captain Plastic” and “Kid Compost”. Ryan focused on the employee buy-in and enthusiasm around the stadium and teams’ greening efforts. He continued on page 4

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also touched on the continued challenges of such a large venue with regular turnover in staff and difficult materials to work with. All the way from Minnesota, Grant Braasch joined us to discuss NatureWorks’ role in the big picture of stadium and venue sustainability. NatureWorks’ unique process creates products made of sustainable and compostable material, making them a perfect partner to create food service ware that stadium concessions can use to divert material from the landfill. Dawn Wheeler, with Delaware North and CenturyLink field then presented on the role of food service and concessions in the big picture, focusing on the partnerships that are necessary to procuring sustainable products regionally and locally. Last but not least, Casey Funke with Cedar Grove “closed the loop” for the panel and discussed the important relationships with Cedar Grove and the venues to put their food scraps to work. Casey focused on the business case as well as the importance of these venues practices in creating a final product, Cedar Grove’s compost, potting soils, and other products. For example, the Garden at Safeco Field uses the compost that has benefited from the practices of the venue itself.

After a delicious and locally-sourced lunch from Patty Pan Cooperative, attendees headed out into the beautiful sunshine to their behind-thescenes tours of both CenturyLink and Safeco Fields. Ryan van Maarth led the in-depth tour of Safeco Field and was able to give attendees an up close and personal look at how the venue handles their waste and education practices on site. One attendee said, “actually seeing the step-by-step system in place from shapes of containers, location, signage and how employees use them” was the most valuable piece. The Urban Garden located in the stadium itself was also a highlight for many attendees. Then the group was taken through CenturyLink field experiencing every aspect from the player’s perspective as they take the field as well as a hot dog’s perspective as it heads to their compost bins. One attendee exclaimed, “what a cool experience!!” We agree!

Finishing the event up at CenturyLink Field, we were hosted by both the venue and Green Sports Alliance for a truly wonderful networking event complete with appetizers and a private view of the field as the sun set. From there, a few of us headed to cheer on the M’s as they took on the Toronto Blue Jays that evening. Greening the Game has never been so fascinating, informative and fun! Thank you to all that joined us for the event, Green Sports Alliance for their partnership and our event champions for all of their hard work!


One more WRED event left in 2016! Register today for December’s WRED Event! Join us on December 1, 2016 for “Paint Recycling: More Fun Than Watching It Dry” at the Water Resources Education Center (WREC) in Vancouver, WA with a tour of MetroPaint’s paint recycling facility in Portland, OR to follow. Clark County, the only county in Washington that consistently recycles latex paint, and Stericycle will share their experiences with this challenging material. The American Coatings Association will explain their strategy to pass statewide legislation to provide sustainable funding for paint recycling programs. Participants will learn from our neighbors in Oregon about being the first state in the US to pass such legislation and launch PaintCare, which has processed over 2.8 million gallons since 2010. Thank you to WSRA’s hard working, motivated and energetic Member Programs and Services Committee members! We cannot thank you enough for your time and energy and look forward to continuing our incredible programming in 2017. Contact Anne Piacentino if you would like to serve on the WRED committee and/or host a WRED event.

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2017 Meetings

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Semiahmoo, Blaine Annual retreat

January 19

TBD, Mount Vernon

August 18

WSRA Office, Tukwila

February 16

TBD, Vancouver

March 16

TBD, Spokane

April 20

WSRA Office, Tukwila

May 8

Red Lion, Pasco Annual membership meeting

June 15

WSRA Office, Tukwila

September 15 Red Lion, Pasco

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Operations & Maintenance Center, Olympia

November 17

City Hall, Kirkland

December 15

Blankenship Equipment, Auburn

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Looking for training on Social Marketing? WSRA is hosting a two-day event with Nancy Lee. Nancy has more than 30 years of professional marketing experience, with special expertise in Social Marketing, Marketing in the Public Sector, Marketing Research, and Strategic Marketing Planning. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington’s Dan Evans School of Public Affairs. She also is President of Social Marketing Services and has been a consultant for more than 150 non-profit and public sector agencies. Please join us for this great training.

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In This Issue: Join WSRA for our 35th Annual Conference & Trade Show ........................................ 1 President’s Message ............................................... 2 Calendar of Events .................................................. 2 Conference and Event Sponsors ............................... 5 WSRA Announces 2015 Recyclers of the Year and Recycling Hall of Fame Inductees ............................. 7 Recycling Hall of Fame ............................................ 10 The Mania is Back! Bothell Community Invited to Sustainamania Event on June 6............................ 11 Welcome Our Newest Members! ............................... 11 WSRA Hosts Inaugural Professional Development Training on Topic of Cultural Competency ................ 12 Restaurant Rescue ................................................. 13 Seattle Central College and Recology CleanScapes Sort it Out to Increase Waste Diversion..................... 14 Bring Your Bag! Plastic Bag Reduction Policy Coming to Kirkland March 2016 ............................... 15 Olympic Technology Resources ................................ 15 Threadcycle campaign encourages donation of all clothes, shoes, and linens ....................................... 16 Washington State Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling .............................................. 17 Recology CleanScapes Opens Customer Service Center & Retail Store in Burien ................................ 18 Good News for Foam Recycling! ............................... 18 Ecova’s New Waste Manager Module Will Help Clients Shrink Waste For 2015 .......................... 19 Magnum’s 2014 Environmental Savings .................... 19 Members on the Move ............................................ 20 Members Give Back ................................................ 21 Thank You Precious Metal Sponsors!......................... 22

The Report Join WSRA for our 35th Annual Conference & Trade Show WSRA’s annual conference and trade show is always a prime opportunity to connect with colleagues, clients, and friends in one place. The strong agenda delves into many pivotal issues facing our industry, and this year’s conference also boasts more breakout sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities than in previous years. We’re really looking forward to seeing all of you at the historic Davenport Hotel on May 17–20th in Spokane! Leading the Way to Zero Waste This year’s theme is “Leading the Way to Zero Waste,” and we are thrilled to welcome Sue Beets-Atkinson, President of the United States Zero Waste Business Council, and Corporate Sustainability Manager at SBM as our opening keynote speaker. Beets-Atkinson brings to the conversation a wealth of experience in designing and implementing large and complex recycle programs across the country, and her keynote address will offer an invaluable perspective on zero waste planning. Meet Your Exhibitors Following the opening keynote address on Monday morning, conference attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet our 2015 exhibitors in a fun, relaxed format: Vendor Speed Networking! This new session is designed in a speed dating format to help

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Precious Metal Partnerships Have you ever thought about becoming a Precious Metal Partner with WSRA? Now is the time. The WSRA board just updated the suite of benefits that come with Precious Metal Partnerships to ensure that businesses will find lasting value through one of WSRA’s best marketing

platforms. The Precious Metals Program’s bundled packages provide unique opportunities in combination with high level and creative visibility to industry partners that help build and maintain year round relationships with WSRA members and the association community as a whole.

Here are what some of our Precious Metal Partners say about the benefits they receive:: “Our membership in WSRA gives us access to other members in Washington’s recycling community and is a great way to share information and network. We especially appreciate the work of WSRA’s Policy and Advocacy Committee to stay on top of legislation and issues that may impact the recycling industry.” Jeff Gaisford King County Solid Waste Division

“Our organization has been a Precious Metal Partner of the Washington State Recycling Association for more than a decade because of the ongoing opportunities the organization offers for our staff to stay up to date on the many innovative and practical approaches being taken around the state to reduce, reuse and recycle. The networking and collaboration among community programs is fantastic!” Rich McConaghy, Environmental Resources Manager City of Vancouver


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“Recology CleanScapes values its Precious Metal Partnership with WSRA as an opportunity to support an organization that consistently promotes progress in the recycling industry. WSRA provides comprehensive resources that allow Recology to effectively meet the needs of our rapidly growing and increasingly diverse region, and promote environmental stewardship in the state of Washington. As a Precious Metal Partner, Recology is able to share successes, learn from best management practices, and gain valuable industry-wide insight from a dedicated and enthusiastic waste prevention community.”

• Promotion of your business via WSRA’s website, newsletter, weekly digest, press releases, and social media channels • Online membership directory available exclusively for members • Discounts on WSRA educational seminars, workshops, and conferences • Members-only website access to policy forums, career center, tools and publications, and online networking opportunities with other members • Informative and timely legislative and market information through membersonly publications, including our quarterly newsletter and weekly digest • Opportunities to showcase talents and experience through WSRA committees addressing areas such as marketing, conference planning, policy & advocacy, member programs & services, development, and education • Recognition for outstanding accomplishments with annual awards and an appreciative professional network • Access to the WSRA Member logo to display on printed materials and website

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While Most Recyclables Collected are Reused, Some Still Go To a Landfill Ecology Study Focuses on Recoverable Material Quality, Yield Losses and Material Use Gretchen Newman, Lead Data Analyst, Waste 2 Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, What happens to paper, bottles and cans, or food and yard debris after you put them in the recycling or organics collection bin? What about all the recycling collection at businesses or material recovered at construction sites? Are the recovered materials actually recycled, composted, or used beneficially? The Washington Department of Ecology recently completed the Materials Recovery & Use Study to help answer these questions. The study investigates what happens to materials recovered from residences and businesses in Washington state that were intended for recycling, composting, reuse, or other beneficial uses. For many years, Ecology, with the cooperation of businesses and local governments that track and report their material recovery activities, has been measuring materials that are collected in Washington. However, we didn’t know how much was really recycled, composted, reused, burned for energy, or otherwise beneficially used. Ecology wanted the study to answer questions like: • What percentage of materials collected for recycling are lost in the collection, sorting, and processing system, or ending up in landfills? • How much material is lost due to contamination in the collection system or cannot be recovered during sorting and processing? • How much impact is the commingled recycling collection system having on material quality? • How much material is ultimately recycled into new products, composted, or beneficially used? From this study, which included a literature review of about 50 studies from various sources, we were able to estimate a range of system loss and utilization rates for the various recovered materials. We then applied those rates to the 2012 material recovery data collected from facility annual reports to provide estimated ranges of how much of each material is either used in new products or otherwise beneficially used, or is lost to the recovery system and ends up in landfills. System loss rates in the study range from 1 to 31 percent and utilization rates range from 69 to 99 percent, depending on the collection system. In a commingled recycling collection system, about 75 to 80 percent of the materials collected make it into new products. Some 20 to 25 percent of the materials are lost to the system and end up disposed in landfills, burned in incinerators, or burned in industrial boilers for energy recovery.

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Recoverable material collected, used and disposed in Washington (2012)

The Materials Recovery & Use Study will help people and organizations interested in recycling, composting, and other beneficial uses of recovered materials gain a clear picture of the overall success of the material recovery system, and it will help businesses and local governments in Washington make better decisions regarding their material recovery programs, especially policy and planning decisions involving mixed or “commingled” recycling collection. Ecology invites you to use this study to: • Refute claims that recycling is all going to landfills. Indeed a large majority of it is used to make new materials! • Influence decision makers regarding program choices. Sourceseparating recyclables into distinct material types is the best way to assure they are available to be used as resources. • Consider including contamination rate standards in processing contracts. Processing systems play an important role in material cleanliness. • Choose the most easily separated and impactful materials. Paper and metals have the highest utilization rates. • Encourage material cleanliness for all recoverable material through education and outreach.

The Report Washington Working to Optimize Commingled Curbside Recycling Programs Alli Kingfisher, Washington Department of Ecology, How are commingled residential collection systems working in Washington? What are the major issues facing local jurisdictions and solid waste collectors? How can we make our commingled collection programs better? These are the questions that Ecology and partners from Island, King, Kitsap, Snohomish, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties have answered in a report, Optimizing the Commingled Residential Curbside Recycling Systems in Northwest Washington. The report focuses on the residential commingled recycling systems in the seven northwest counties and provides recommendations to address issues with the curbside recycling programs. The report provides two sets of recommendations: Examples of recommendations for commodity-specific issues:

Don’t put metal lids measuring less than 3” in diameter in the recycle bin. They fall through the screens and end up in, yes, the residual pile.

Don’t put aluminum foil, foil pans and trays in the commingled bin. They melt at a lower temperature than aluminum cans in the furnace and end up as ash. Examples of recommendations for the entire curbside and recycling system: Convene an education and messaging team to harmonize the information on curbside recycling materials to reduce confusion between neighboring communities. Explore siting a Plastics Recovery Facility in the Pacific Northwest to process more than just PET and HDPE plastics domestically. Start a statewide plastic film program (like WRAP) to collect bags and film—in places other than the curbside bin.

Don’t collect plastic bags and film in the curbside bin. They get caught in the MRF equipment causing shutdowns to clean out the equipment. Don’t collect shredded paper in the commingled bin—even if contained within a plastic bag. The shredded paper can’t be sorted at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and just gets spread around, ultimately ending up in the residual pile.

Work with manufacturers and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to promote the How2Recycle Label Program. What’s Next? Five subgroups have formed to tackle key areas: • Communicating more broadly about the issues and recommendations identified in the commingled report • Collaborating with the packaging industry

Work Groups Seeking Participants We are looking for volunteers across Washington who are interested in helping to improve our commingled curbside recycling programs! If you want to participate on one of the workgroups, please contact: Alli Kingfisher 509-329-3448

Southwest Workgroup The Southwest Region Commingled Workgroup worked from 2009 to 2012 and was made up of stakeholders from local governments, hauling companies, material processors and end-users. The group’s goal was to address contamination and material loss in single-family residential commingled curbside recycling programs to ensure best and highest use of recyclable materials and maximize their market value They studied what happens to recyclables after they are picked up in curbside carts and produced the Beyond the Curb report that details the findings. The group made recommendations for best management practices for both curbside collection and public outreach. The report, recommendations and results of the Southwest Region’s work are on the Department of Ecology’s website.

• Harmonizing contracting and materials handling • Working with communities to improve recycling education Do put plastic caps back on your PET and HDPE beverage containers. It keeps them connected to the container so they don’t end up in the residual pile.

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• Exploring siting for a regional plastics recovery facility. Although the initial workgroup was focused on the Northwest region, the subgroups are open to and looking for input from any interested partners across Washington.

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The eyes have it in Spokane’s newest public art piece, Spokane’s Waste to Energy 25th Anniversary Mural.

Washington’s Only Waste to Energy Facility Turns 25 Kris Major, Education Coordinator, City of Spokane Solid Waste Disposal Department, It was controversial when it was built, and to many, remains so twentyfive years and nearly seven million tons of disposed waste later. Between the high price tag ($110 million at the time) and the environmental and safety concerns related to incinerating garbage, it took strong leadership in 1991 to show citizens a way to care for their garbage in their “own back yard.” September 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Washington’s only waste to energy facility and the City of Spokane is using that milestone to re-educate people about where their garbage goes. The Waste to Energy Facility is part of the community’s overall comprehensive solid waste system, which also includes recycling and composting. The facility burns municipal solid waste and generates electricity. The facility can handle up to 800 tons of waste a day and can generate 26 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 13,000 homes. Our citizens chose this cleaner option two and a half decades ago, and today, they continue to demonstrate their desire for more environmentally sound disposal practices. With their help, Spokane has a higher recycling rate than the rest of the state. Since its start up in 1991, the Waste to Energy facility has processed more than 6.5 million tons of municipal solid waste and generated more than 3.2 million megawatts of power. The process reduces the solid waste 90 percent by volume and 70 percent by weight. In November 2014, the City took over operations of the WTE facility, following 24 years of operation by a private sector company under contract with the City. The City also operates a customer disposal site at the facility. Without WTE, the City would have to long-haul its garbage to a landfill at least 200 miles away. A variety of projects and media events were scheduled to commemorate the occasion, but most notably was the commissioning of an artist to create a mural along one of the City’s busiest thoroughfares. Working with Spokane Arts to identify the best location and the most appropriate artist to do the work, the project was completed in July. Outdoor muralist Todd Benson was chosen to create the mural which now graces the northeast end of Spokane’s Maple Street Bridge,

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The mural shows eyes representative of people of different ages, genders, and ethnic groups. Benson explains that in his mind the eyes represent the people of Spokane and the environment they all share. He said he wanted to put a human face on a cold space. It is about how humans take care of their environment, he said. Like most art, the meaning is to be discovered by the viewer, and most viewers will be going 40 miles per hour by the space. The size of the work and its design was intentional taking that into consideration. The art chosen was not meant to be a literal interpretation of waste to energy, according to WTE staff, but rather a gift back to the community for supporting the facility for a quarter of a century. WTE staff and the arts community volunteers also assisted with cleaning and priming the wall before the mural work began. In addition to the mural project, commemorative activities included a rededication ceremony on September 22, messages on reader boards and in utility bills and an open house with public tours. Besides the party aspect of an anniversary, this milestone provided the opportunity for public messaging on community waste reduction and sustainability. It also gave the public an opportunity to see the facility and have their questions and concerns answered. “We are pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this great facility. Spokane’s Waste to Energy Facility opened 25 years ago to replace leaking landfills that had become Superfund cleanup sites and were located over our sole-source drinking water aquifer,” says Chuck Conklin, who oversees both the WTE and the City’s Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility. “Today, the facility continues to serve us well, providing an efficient way to dispose of our waste in a way that’s more environmentally friendly than landfilling.”

The Report Public Event Waste Reduction at Canoe Journey 2016 Spencer Orman, Sr. Program Specialist, City of Olympia Waste ReSources, On July 30, 2016, an estimated 15,000 people attended Canoe Journey 2016, in Olympia Washington. The event, held at the Port of Olympia, welcomed ashore indigenous people from the Pacific Northwest region, as far north as British Columbia and Alaska. The Nisqually Tribe Green Team, City of Olympia Waste ReSources and the Port of Olympia Green Team partnered together to plan for managing the waste. The team set an ambitious goal to divert 50% of the waste by recycling and composting. The plan included: recycling and composting containers located throughout the event, larger collection containers to haul what was collected, a site plan and map where everything would go, visible clear signage for where things should go, and a corps of volunteers. In addition, a key component required upfront work with food vendors on training staff on waste reduction. Each organization collaborated and played an important role in developing a plan to prevent, reduce and properly dispose of waste. The Nisqually Tribe Green Team recruited volunteers, had large signs made for recycling and recognizing participation. They encouraged attendees to bring their own water bottles to refill onsite, instead of purchasing disposable ones. The Port of Olympia Green Team recruited volunteers, worked on logistics and maps, and assisted with collecting materials. The City of Olympia provided planning assistance, its Zero Waste Event Trailer, set up over 150 collection frames, trained volunteers, worked with food vendors on composting and recycling, and hauled all collected materials.

Challenges faced: • Not able to require compostable products • Not all food vendors participated fully • Volunteer availability, leaving a waste area not fully staffed • Too few volunteers at the end • Required hand sorting waste coming off the canoes Although we didn’t meet our 50% goal much was accomplished: • Diverted over 1,600 pounds, or 36%, of quality material for recycling and composting • Collaborative event planning and logistics • Trained more than 50 volunteers • Staffed three waste centers in the food area all day How could we have done better and achieved our 50% diversion goal? • Simplifying the disposal choices people have to make • Getting food vendors to use only approved compostable products • More volunteers at the end of the event • Educating and encouraging Canoe participants to pre-sort recyclables before exiting their craft.

In all, 36% of the waste generated that day was recycled and composted: • 800 pounds of cans, bottles and paper • 161 pounds of cardboard • 672 pounds of food, food-soiled paper and accepted compostable products.

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Jury-Rigged Fly Traps Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Showcased New Work by Alexander Keyes and Dakota Gearhart Danielle Gambogi, Waste Zero Specialist, Recology CleanScapes, There is a saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. In the case of two King County artists, this turn of phrase rings especially true. Thanks to a unique program offered by solid waste and recycling hauler, Recology CleanScapes, artists Dakota Gearhart and Alexander Keyes were provided the opportunity to access materials at the company’s South Seattle recycling facility.

“It’s incredible to watch the massive amounts of recycled materials come through this facility,” Alex explains. “Each day, I am amazed at the potential of all the stuff that people throw out. I have loved imagining what can be made from exercise foam, steel pipes, bubble wrap, StyrofoamTM, plastic tarps, and milk crates. The generosity of Recology has been astounding and I am so grateful for this experience.”

This creative outlet for artists is modeled after the award-winning Artist in Residence (AIR) Program developed in 1990 by Recology in San Francisco. After a successful inaugural program in 2015, Recology CleanScapes continues to support artists working with recycled materials to encourage people to conserve natural resources and inspire new ways of thinking about art and the environment.

Recology hosted a reception to showcase Jury-Rigged Fly Traps, new works from Alex and Dakota’s collection, during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk this October. The event was free and open to the public. More information on Recology CleanScapes’ AIR program.

Dakota and Alex worked in Recology’s studio from July through September, scavenging for discarded material among the 8,000 tons of material processed at the recycling facility each month.

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Member Milestones

Member Milestones

Jenna Higgins Weds Shane McInnis Angela Wallis joins Full Circle Environmental Team Full Circle Environmental, Inc. (Seattle) is thrilled to welcome Angela Wallis as Senior Project Manager. Angela has 11 years of experience in the solid waste industry, including seven years as Resource Conservation Manager for the King County Housing Authority and 6 years serving on the WSRA Board of Directors.

Jenna McInnis (Higgins), WSRA Board member and Recycling Programs Coordinator with the City of Kirkland was married to Shane McInnis on August 13th. Guests enjoyed a weekend of fun in Cle Elum and Roslyn. The Cle Elum wedding was a beautiful and fun event, full of friends, family, eating, drinking, and dancing. Many guests camped after the wedding, so the celebration could continue!

Angela will be supporting commercial recycling and hazardous waste programs for the Cities of Bellevue and Redmond, among other diverse engagement and technical assistance projects. After years working in recycling, composting, energy and water conservation and sustainability for local governments, Angela is excited to bring her professional expertise and can-do track record to the diverse community of clients, stakeholders, and partners served by Full Circle.

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Peter DuBois Communications & Marketing Committee Clark County Public Works

Lisa Sepanski Communications & Marketing Committee King County Solid Waste


Dustin Bender President Sunshine Disposal & Recycling

Peter DuBois Treasurer Clark County Public Works

Abby Hart Secretary Republic Services

Scott Campbell Vice President Waste Connections, Inc.

Margot Keany Assistant Secretary Republic Services

Alli Kingfisher Assistant Treasurer WA State Dept of Ecology

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sheryl Rhinehart Newsletter Layout/Design Pierce County Public Works


Jack Bradbury All Battery Sales & Service

Candy Castellanos WA State Dept of Ecology

Jenna McInnis City of Kirkland

Anne Baunach Executive Director

Ron Jones City of Olympia

Kevin Kelly Recology CleanScapes

Troy Lautenbach Lautenbach Industries

Anne Piacentino Events & Communications Coordinator

Charlie Maxwell, Jr. LeMay Pierce County Refuse

Lisa Sepanski King County Solid Waste

Jeff West New Day Recycling

545 Andover Park West, Suite 209 Tukwila, WA 98188 Email: Phone: 206-244-0311 Fax: 206-244-4413