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Washington Waste Fuels the Future

Friday, June 06, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Washington State Recycling Association Offers Eye-opening 
Alternative Fuels Workshop
Tukwila, WA, June 6, 2014 – Gasoline and diesel have long been the predominant vehicle fuels in the United States, but today, concerns ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to energy security are spawning new interest in other sources of energy for cars, trucks, and motorized equipment. Recognizing the importance of this shift toward alternative fuels, the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA), a nonprofit organization representing the state’s diverse recycling industry, is presenting an all-day educational workshop, “Green Fuels: Fueling Our Future.”  This business networking and educational workshop will take place on Thursday, June 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at DM Recycling, located at 4822 70th Ave E in Fife, WA. 
At this Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event, attendees will explore green fuels generated and processed from industrial by-products including biomass, restaurant greases, re-refined motor oil, and captured landfill methane. Participants will learn from topic experts within the field including General Biodiesel, Waste Connections, Puget Sound Energy, SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel and Cosmo Specialty Fibers.  The event will begin with two behind-the-scenes facility tours, followed by a networking lunch and a series of classroom presentations. 
Facility Tours:
  • RockTenn - co-generation plant using biomass fuel sources
  • Emerald Recycling - oil re-refining  and fully permitted solvent recovery facility
Lunch/Classroom Speakers:
  • Virtual Tour (photos), BioFuels Washington, LLC/Waste Connections, Inc.- Frank Mazanec, Managing Director of BioFuels Energy
  • General Biodiesel - Hoby Douglass, Vice President, Sustainable Business Development
  • Puget Sound Energy Talk– Ben Farrow, Major Accounts Executive
  • Cosmo Specialty FibersSandy Corrion, Contracting and Procurement Manager
  • SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel – Speaker coming soon
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee supports the growth of local alternative fuels and believes Washington can and should lead the next alternative energy revolution.  “Through public-private partnerships and investments in research and development, our farmers will grow biofuel and our technological innovations will harness the power of the sun, the wind and the water our cars and jets will run on,” Governor Jay Inlsee’s Transportation Priorities Policy. 
“At heart, I think most people are curious about how things are made, and how the hidden systems around us actually operate. WSRA’s WRED educational events offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look at local recycling systems, as well as a preview of new technologies and innovations that can help us become better stewards of limited natural resources. While the WRED events are wonderful learning opportunities for people who work --or want to work, in the recycling industry, I think anyone, especially students and teachers, would be surprised at what they learn and how much fun they have learning at these events,” Candy Castellanos, Senior Manager, Public Education and Outreach, Waste Management - Pacific Northwest.
This event is open to the public and includes lunch, topic discussions and networking opportunities with leaders in Washington’s recycling industry. Students and professors in the environmental science fields are highly encouraged to participate. Registration costs are as follows: WSRA members $65, Non-members $85, students with a valid student ID $40. 
The presenting sponsor of this event is DM Recycling. Additional sponsors include LRI, Emerald Recycling and RockTenn. 
To register for this event, please go to or call the WSRA office at (206) 244-0311.
The Washington State Recycling Association, formed in 1976, provides leadership, networking, advocacy and education to foster the expansion, diversity and economic vitality of recycling in support of sustainable resource management. WSRA “Washington Recycles Every Day” (WRED) events provide business connections and education throughout the local recycling industry. Additional events are planned around the state during the summer. Contact Washington State Recycling Association, 206-244-0311,
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