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WSRA Committee Releases Unprecedented Multifamily Recycling Study in Washington State

Thursday, August 07, 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
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Tukwila, WA, August 7, 2014 – In the spring of 2012, the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA)’s Washington Multifamily Recycling Study Group (WAMRS) set out to characterize existing multifamily recycling service in Washington State and to identify best management practices for successful multifamily recycling programs. The results of this two-year effort to understand and improve multifamily recycling in Washington are now available under the Resources tab of WSRA’s website.
In 2012-13, WAMRS conducted a statewide survey of multifamily property managers and management firms to understand perceptions of and barriers to multifamily recycling from the perspective of building management. In addition, recycling coordinators from across the state completed a survey about agency recycling programs, and a group of industry professionals conducted research into national and international multifamily recycling programs. The results of each survey, as well as the culmination of research findings, are available on the WSRA website.
Preliminary findings were presented at the WSRA Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) special event in June 2013, with nearly 100 industry professionals and property managers in attendance. As work progressed, the WAMRS team further discerned that multifamily recycling success is not found in one strategy, but depends upon three components being simultaneously employed: collection logistics, policies and regulations, and education and outreach.
Based on the compilation of these surveys and research analysis, the final report, “Sorting it Out: The State of Multifamily Recycling in Washington State,” briefly contextualizes multifamily recycling in Washington and offers recommendations on how the implementation of each component can help to improve recycling for multifamily properties.
"We committed to this project because the quality of and access to recycling for people who live in multifamily housing lags seriously behind that of single family and commercial customers,” said Angela Wallis, WSRA Board member and WAMRS Committee Co-Chair. “That can and should change, and we're excited to help inspire the movement in Washington.”
Funding for the statewide survey of multifamily property managers project was provided by a $60,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology and matching funds from six WSRA-member agencies, including Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, City of Tacoma, City of Seattle, Clark County, King County Housing Authority and Kitsap County.
For questions regarding the WAMRS report, please contact Lindsay at 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. Contact Washington State Recycling Association, 206-244-0311,


Emily Phillips, Washington State Recycling Association says...
Posted Friday, August 08, 2014
This is a terrific accomplishment, achieved with contributions by nearly 60 leaders in the industry. A huge thank you to all involved in WAMRS!

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