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Recycling Development Center Advisory Board

You can find the advisory board's documents and meeting materials here.          

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Background

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The Recycling Development Center (Center) is a new Ecology program created in a 2019 law. The law calls for Ecology to form the Center, which is tasked with facilitating research and development, marketing, and policy analysis to bolster recycling markets and processing in Washington.

The Center is a collaboration of public and private stakeholders, including Ecology and the Washington Department of Commerce, working to improve recycling markets in the state. The Center will initially focus on conversion or remanufacturing of waste into new products, especially mixed waste paper and plastics.

Advisory board information

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

January 9, 2020 Board Meeting: Ecology and Commerce hosted the first advisory board meeting. Over 70 individuals attended the event (in-person or on the webinar). Notes and a list of attendees from the January 9th meeting will be posted soon. Ecology is working with board members to set the next meeting date.  Interested parties will be welcome to attend board meetings, in-person or by webinar.

Members of the advisory board:

Name Organization          Name Organization
Corinne Drennan    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory     Allen Langdon    Encorp Pacific - Return-it 
Karl Englund Washington State University   Scott Morgan The Evergreen College
Kyla Fisher Ameripen   Mindy Rostami 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

What are the Center's 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.

Resources 

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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
None 09/23/19 11:02 AM
AdvisoryBoardRoster.pdf 444.9 KB Board roster
Board roster
None 11/21/19 03:09 PM
010920DraftAgenda.pdf 850.5 KB Jan 9, 2020 Agenda
Jan 9, 2020 Agenda
None 01/06/20 08:42 AM
010920AgendaWorksheet.docx 65.9 KB Worksheet for webinar attendees
Worksheet for webinar attendees
None 01/08/20 02:45 PM

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