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Recycling Development Center Advisory Board

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The Recycling Development Center

The Recycling Development Center (Center) is a program at the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) created by a 2019 law (Chapter 70.370 Revised Code of Washington). The Center was formed to provide or facilitate marketing, policy analysis, research, and development to strengthen recycling markets and processing in Washington. 

The Center's work is an effort between Ecology, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Recycling Development Center advisory board. The advisory board represents public agencies, private industry, universities and nonprofits.

The Center's goal is to improve the recycling markets. The work focuses on conversion or remanufacturing of waste, like mixed waste paper and plastics, into new products. 

Duties:

  • Develop an annual workplan addressing recyclable markets. 
  • Evaluate, analyze and make recommendations on state policies that affect recycling markets.
  • Work with stakeholders involved in the recycling market and recyclable materials.
  • Study developments in recycling markets.
  • Obtain and communicate important findings concerning recycling markets.
  • Provide grants or contracts to further develop recycling markets.
  • Provide business or marketing assistance to public and private sector stakeholders.
  • Represent the state in regional and national market development issues.
  • Work to create a regional recycling development council.
  • Report the Center's progress to the legislature in even-numbered years

The Advisory Board

The advisory board provides guidance for the Center's work. They will evaluate and make recommendations on state policies affecting markets for recycled materials.

Members:

Name Organization          Name Organization
Corinne Drennan    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory     Allen Langdon    Encorp Pacific - Return-it 
Karl Englund, Cochair Washington State University   Scott Morgan, Chair The Evergreen College
Kyla Fisher AMERIPEN   Mike Range Waste Management
Deb Geiger Spokane County Solid Waste   Derek Ruckman    Recology
Margo Gillaspy Skagit County Public Works   Tim Shestek American Chemistry Council
Nina Goodrich Sustainable Packaging Coalition   Jay Simmons North Pacific Paper Company
Sego Jackson Seattle Public Utilities   Heather Trim Zero Waste Washington

Board Meetings

2020 Q3: July 13, 2020 Board Meeting will be attended via webinar only.

  • Time:  starts at 9am (duration to be determined)
  • Registration is required: please follow this link to register
  • Agenda: to be posted soon
  • Other Documents: to be posted soon

2020 Q2: June 22, 2020 Board Webinar on Extended Producer Responsibility: 

  • Webinar recording will be available until July 6
  • Presentation slides are in Documents section below
  • Notes with Q&A and list of attendees are in Documents section below

2020 Q2: April 14, 2020 Board Meeting was held as webinar-only. Agenda, presentation slides, handout and notes from this meeting are available in the Documents section at the bottom of this page. 

2020 Q1:  January 9, 2020 Board Meeting agenda and notes from this meeting are available in the Documents section at the bottom of this page.

Resources 

For more information contact the Recycling Development Center Team

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Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
UW Recycling Development Center Report May 2019.pdf 6.4 MB RDC Report by UW
RDC Report by UW
Core Documents 09/23/19 11:02 AM
AdvisoryBoardRoster 20200424.pdf 452 KB Advisory Board Roster as of April 2020
Advisory Board Roster as of April 2020
Core Documents 04/24/20 03:03 PM
2020 Q2Agenda.pdf 122.8 KB Agenda - April 14, 2020
Agenda - April 14, 2020
2020 Q2 Meeting 04/24/20 05:33 PM
2020 Q2Notes.pdf 751.1 KB Notes - April 14, 2020
Notes - April 14, 2020
2020 Q2 Meeting 04/24/20 05:34 PM
2020 Q2Slides.pdf 1.3 MB Presentation Slides - April 14, 2020
Presentation Slides - April 14, 2020
2020 Q2 Meeting 04/24/20 05:35 PM
2020 Q2WorkPlan_Handout.pdf 181.9 KB Work Plan *draft* - April 14, 2020
Work Plan *draft* - April 14, 2020
2020 Q2 Meeting 04/24/20 05:37 PM
2020 Q1Notes.pdf 956.2 KB Notes - Jan 9, 2020
Notes - Jan 9, 2020
2020 Q1 Meeting 04/24/20 05:40 PM
2020.06.22 Slides - ExtendedProducerResponsibility.pdf 2.4 MB SpecialPresentation - EPR - Slides
SpecialPresentation - EPR - Slides
SpecialPresentation 06/23/20 06:08 PM
2020.06.22 Notes -ExtendedProducerResponsibility.pdf 175.7 KB SpecialPresentation - EPR - Notes
SpecialPresentation - EPR - Notes
SpecialPresentation 06/24/20 08:29 AM

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