The King County-Cities Climate Collaboration’s Joint County-City Climate Commitments – now signed by 10 cities and King County and representing nearly 1.5 million people – include a pathway to achieve a 70% recycling rate by 2020, and zero waste of resources that have economic value for reuse, resale, and recycling by 2030. To achieve these goals, the region must begin to think about waste differently. How can we push for more and better use and reuse of materials in the most productive way throughout their entire life cycle? There are several approaches – from policy-driven waste prevention to the development of markets for hard-to-recycle products – that can help get us there.
This roundtable will explore creative strategies to advance local and regional sustainable materials management and waste prevention to ensure that less ends up in the landfill. The City of Issaquah will discuss their expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastic bag bans and how they are working to change people’s thinking around disposability. King County will share information about the LinkUp program that connects businesses, community organizations, and public agencies in expanding markets for priority materials such as mattresses, carpet, textiles and asphalt shingles, as well as lessons learned about barriers that prevent recycled materials from moving into the marketplace. PacifiClean Environmental will talk about their work as an organics processer creating a valuable product from waste in Washington State, and Green Eileen will provide their perspective on reducing the environmental impacts of the garment industry by promoting apparel reuse and recycling.
· Micah Bonkowski, City of Issaquah
· Alex Erzen, King County
· Larry Condon, PacifiClean Environmental
· Patty Liu, Green Eileen
Mark your calendar - details below!
Date/Time: Thursday, August 13th, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location/Address: Eagle Room, Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
Brown Bag: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.
· By Bike: Find your most convenient route here.
· By Bus: Route 554 – See Metro’s Trip Planner to map out your transit options.
· By Car:
Eastbound on I-90:
Take exit 18 from I-90 E
Merge onto E Sunset Way, destination will be on the right