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Department of Ecology
Committees, Boards, and Workgroups

Plastics Packaging Study Stakeholder Group

You can find information on Washington State Plastic Packaging Study here.  

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In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Plastic Packaging Evaluation and Assessment law. The law states that producers of plastic packaging should consider the design and management of their packaging in a manner that ensures minimal environmental impact. Producers of plastic packaging should be involved from design concept to end-of-life management to incentivize innovation and research to minimize environmental impacts. The law sets goals that, by January 2025, all packaging sold in the state:

  • Is 100% recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Contains 20% percent postconsumer recycled content

The law directed the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to hire an independent third-party contractor to conduct a study of the impacts of plastic packaging in Washington. The report and recommendations are due to the legislature by October 31, 2020.

What will be studied?

The study will look at:

  • The amount and types of plastic packaging produced in or entering the state.
  • The costs of managing plastic packaging waste, including costs to ratepayers, businesses, and local governments.
  • Where plastic packaging waste ends up at the end of its life.
  • An estimate of future infrastructure needed to manage plastic packaging.
  • A review of domestic or international efforts and methods to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic packaging.
  • Proposals to meet the goals of reducing plastic packaging in Washington.

Study Implementation

Ecology hired Cascadia Consulting (Cascadia), an independent consultant, to conduct the study. In the spring of 2020, Cascadia will collect data and conduct a study of how plastic packaging is managed in Washington. Over the summer, Cascadia and Ecology will develop proposals and options for legislative consideration to meet the plastic packaging reduction goals.

In addition to the research, Ecology and Cascadia will consult with stakeholders. 

For more information contact:


(206) 312-6055 (to leave a voicemail)

To submit written comments, please visit the public comment form page.

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 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
Plastic Packaging Study Introductory Letter_3-6-2020.pdf 171.5 KB Introductory letter to stakeholders
Introductory letter to stakeholders
None 03/09/20 01:08 PM
WA Plastic Packaging Study Scope of Work.pdf 565.2 KB Project scope of work and deliverables
Project scope of work and deliverables
#NEW_CATEGORY# 03/03/20 01:32 PM

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