2014 WRED Events


What Happened in 2014:

March 21, 2014 |  Old Shoe, New Trick: Textile Recovery, Reuse & Recycling
Goodwill's Job Training and Education Center

At a time when some global recycling markets are in flux, the market for textiles is strong, growing and adapting to new reuse opportunities. Nearly 75 recycling and waste prevention industry professionals joined WSRA at this WRED event for a behind-the-scenes look at how unwanted textiles move from collection sites to new homes and new products in neighborhoods around the world. Participants heard from topic experts from various facets of the textile recovery, reuse, retail and recycling marketplace and toured Seattle Goodwill’s new LEED Gold Certified Job Training & Education Center and main processing center, Buffalo Export LLC and Buffalo Industries. 



June 26, 2014  |  Green Fuels: Fueling Our Future
DM Recycling

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at DM Recycling in Fife, WA, over 50 recycling and waste professionals attended our first Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event of the summer, “Green Fuels: Fueling Our Future.” This one-day workshop highlighted local companies and facilities working to promote a sustainable future by recycling what is normally considered waste into green energy.WRED attendees began the day touring RockTenn’s Cogeneration plant located in Tacoma, WA where they weaved through the inner operations of the plant and discovered how it utilizes existing biomass steam sources to produce green fuel.  From there, attendees headed over to Emerald Recycling’s facility in Tacoma, WA that recycles products like used motor oil, antifreeze and solvents to produce their primary product, low-sulfur marine diesel oil.


Emerald Recycling RockTenn

July 31, 2014  | Public Space Recycling
UW Facilities Services Training Center

On Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the UW Facilities Services Training Center, 70 individuals, comprised of recycling industry professionals, environmental interns, recycling coordinators, students, resource conservation professionals and more, came together for our July Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event, "Public Space Recycling."  Following a morning of knowledge digestion, our attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch of sandwiches and salads from local cafe, Portage Bay, while networking with peers and strengthening their professional relationships. While lunch wrapped up, buses arrived to shuttle attendees off to Husky Stadium for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated stadium. With the Blue Angels flying overhead, our tour guide described the waste diversion efforts of the stadium which is currently at nearly 70% diversion. Other environmental positives of the stadium include the use of repurposed bleachers, locally sourced rock and brick, reclaimed wood, and the transplanting of the old field into nearby Montlake Park.


Events Panel

Individual Presentations

UW Panel




      Washington Refuse & Recycling

August 28, 2014 | Upstream! The Story of Retail Packaging
Bunzl Distribution Center

Over 60 attendees joined us for our retail packaging WRED event on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Bunzl Distribution Center in Sumner, WA. "Upstream! The Story of Retail Packaging" opened the eyes of all who attended in understanding the who, what and why of retail packaging.Following morning presentations, attendees split into two tour groups rotating between a walking tour of Bunzl's 260,000 square foot distribution center and a 'Show & Tell' packaging showcase where attendees got a hands on presentation of the various types of packaging found in the food industry. No pictures were allowed in the Bunzl warehouse, but imagine endless rows of 20+ foot shelves filled with every kind of packaging you could think of! This warehouse turns its shelves 13 times a year! 


Willis Marketing, Inc.

September 24, 2014 | Future of Fiber II: Emerging Trends & Technology
Landing Mall, Port Angeles, WA

On Friday, September 19, 2014 at our last WRED event of the year, over 50 attendees joined us at the Landing Mall in Port Angeles, WA for the second event in a two-part series on fiber recycling, "Future of Fiber II: Emerging Trends & Technology." A behind the scenes tour at Nippon Paper Mill was bookend with knowledge sharing and experts presenting on their work. Before the day ended, attendees got a chance to ask questions regarding the day’s agenda to our panel of speakers where recycling challenges, educational outreach opportunities and future market issues were discussed in more detail. 


  • Nippon Paper Mill Overview -  Rob Feller, Technical Manager, Nippon Paper Industries USA
  • Sourcing PCW Recycled Paper - Jim Slayton, Vice President of Sales, Printwest
  • Port Townsend Paper Company Overview -Yvonne Starkey, Purchasing Manager, Port Townsend Paper Company

Olympic Disposal
In-kind thank you to Bedford's Sodas and The Landing Mall