Similar to local plans, the state is required to update its Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan regularly. An update of the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan, currently known as the Beyond Waste Plan, is underway. Our goal is to represent the statewide system, in all its diversity, and make connections so we can stay on track to meet the 30-year vision of reducing waste and toxics, while safely managing any waste that remains. This reflects the waste management hierarchy established in state law (RCW 70.95 and RCW 70.105).
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Why plan for solid and hazardous waste?
Washington citizens, businesses and governments have made big improvements in our waste management practices over the years. But we aren't done yet. We still throw away valuable recyclables and other resources. Toxic substances are still common in many products. And we still produce a lot of waste - made with and from finite natural resources. Wasting these resources is not sustainable in the long term. As we improve our waste management systems, we sometimes hit bumps in the road that need fixing.
Planning for solid and hazardous waste allows us to continue to advance Washington State's waste management. One of the biggest improvements we can make is to reduce the amount of waste and toxics we need to manage.
It's all connected...
Reducing wastes and toxics has many benefits. It saves money for consumers, local governments and businesses. It conserves natural resources, and protects our health and the environment. As we reduce wastes and toxics, we help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect Washington waters from toxics in stormwater run-off, two key priorities for Washington State.
For more information, contact:
Janine Bogar, Waste 2 Resources Program (solid waste) Janine.email@example.com; 360-407-6654
Chris Chapman, Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org; 360-407-7160
WA State Department of Ecology P.O Box 47600, Olympia WA 98504-7600