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September 2015 WRED Event
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Public & Private Partnerships: 
Success in Skagit County

September 17, 2015

On Thursday, September 17 over 60 attendees joined us in the beautiful council chambers at Burlington City Hall in Burlington, WA for,"
Public and Private Partnerships: Success in Skagit County " 

Attendees networked with peers and enjoyed breakfast among Skagit County business owners, local government representatives and elected officials.  WSRA Board Member and Event Sponsor, Troy Lautenbach, of Lautenbach Industries, kicked off the day welcoming everyone to Skagit County and to Burlington City Hall.


Troy introduced the Skagit County Commissioners, Ron Wesen, Ken Dahlstedt, and Lisa Janicki who joined us for the morning.  Commissioner, Ken Dahlstedt joined Troy at the podium as a self-stated “solid waste survivor” and spoke on the lengthy and diligent work the county has done in creating a hub of solid waste resources for the area creating the basis for the public and private partnerships that would be highlighted throughout the day.

Troy offered an overview of the work being done at Lautenbach Industries and the background
 to his involvement with the construction and demolition recycling industry on a national level.  Kevin Renz with Skagit County Solid Waste gave us an in depth look at Lautenbach Industries’ neighboring facility, the Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station This transfer station has a rich history after they closed down the county incinerator in 1993.

Gabriella Uhler-Heffner with Seattle Public Utilities, Kathleen Petrie with City of Seattle and Kinley Dellar with King County Solid Waste Division enlightened attendees on Seattle Public Utilities and King County’s Requirements for Recycling and Salvaging Building Materials. They discussed the development of specific requirements and reporting as well as facility certifications for construction and demolition recyclers and processors.  Through the reporting mechanisms, they have found that in 2014, 96% of concrete was reused or recycled and 61% of wood was diverted to recycling and beneficial use. New programs also resulted from these requirements, including a salvages lumber warehouse.

Stephen Bantillo from the Recycling Certification Institute in Sacramento, CA discussed the certification of construction and demolition recycling facilities, creating national standards and the trends associated.
Stephen was also in town beginning the certification process with Lautenbach Industries’ facility.   

DJ Dean with KPG, an interdisciplinary design firm specializing in municipal projects, gave a fascinating look at how green building and design results in sustainable recycling and solid waste facilities. 

Peggy Norcutt with Port Townsend Paper Corporation discussed how Port Townsend Paper benefits from being the end-user of construction and demolition recycled materials, specifically hog fuel.  Participants also received a surprise, when fellow attendee, Terry Gillis of Recovery1 agreed to present on the opening of their newest venture, a carpet recycling facility.


Following the formal presentations, attendees were given the opportunity for a panel question and answer period with all of the days’ speakers, resulting in a rich and engaging discussion.  The Q&A session further solidified our theme of “Public and Private Partnerships” and how they apply to the recycling industry. 

Meggan Uecker from Clallam County traveled “across the water” to attend her first away from home WRED event (she helped organize the 2014 event in Port Angeles).  “I got some good ideas for construction debris recycling which is a challenge in rural counties. It was inspiring to see what can be done with public-private partnerships.”

Next, attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch and beverages, while taking time to network with peers, and making new connections. After lunch, attendees split into two groups and headed to tour Lautenbach Industries and the Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station.  Participants were treated to learning how both of these facilities work as well as how they benefit from their co-location in an industrial area of Skagit County.


Thank you to Miguela Marzolf with Lautenbach Industries’ for taking photos and to Charlie Maxwell with LeMay Pierce County Refuse for providing extra PPE for attendees!


Overview of C&D and Lautenbach Industries
Troy Lautenbach, Lautenbach Industries

History and Background of Skagit County Solid Waste Division
Kevin Renz, Skagit County Solid Waste Division

Seattle Public Utilities and King County Requirements for Recycling and Salvaging Building Materials
Gabriella Uhler-Heffner, Seattle Public Utilities
Kathleen Petrie, City of Seattle
Kinley Dellar, King County Solid Waste Division

C&D Facility Certification
Stephen Bantillo, Recycling Certification Institute

Building Sustainability at the Intersection of Public & Private
DJ Dean, KPG

Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Peggy Norcutt, Port Townsend Paper Corporation


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