39th Annual Conference and Trade Show: Session Presentations:

Building for Success: Using Code to Improve Multifamily Recycling

Speakers: Angela Wallis; Seattle Public Utilities, Sarah Kirby; Metro Oregon, Jenna McInnis; City of Kirkland, Andrea Lei; Cascadia Consulting

Some municipalities are tackling the issues that multifamily recycling programs face – contamination, illegal dumping, and unsafe conditions for tenants and service providers – by using code changes to prevent problems before they even start. We will hear from Portland and Seattle area municipalities, as well as a consultant, about the process of gathering community input through inclusive communications, pursuing policy changes, and important lessons learned. This session will demonstrate how multifamily recycling policy can lead to more equitable outcomes, fight recycling contamination, and clarify requirements for property developers.

PowerPoint Presentations:

WSRA_AOR Presentation 2019_MF Code.pdf


MF Code Conference Presentation.pdf

Cascadia WSRA AOR 2019_MF Policy and Code_DRAFT.pdf


Let's Get Serious about Conscious Consumerism

Speakers: Elizabeth Szorad; Recology CleanScapes, Geneviece; EcoCollective, Summer Hill; Ecollective, Shawn Hill; Liberty Bottleworks, Anakumpa Freedom Gupta-Fonner; Design by Freedom

This year has been a pivotal time in the history of recycling. As China closes their doors to the world's recyclables, more Americans are opening their eyes to the epidemic of waste. Liberty Bottleworks, Eco-Collective, The Recology Stores and Design by Freedom are experts in responsible material management, production and outreach
techniques and the circular economy. They will talk about the importance of responsible material management, conscious consumerism and how to inspire a zero-waste lifestyle through products they trust and are sustainably sourced. Through this session, attendees will learn the value of promoting and living a conscious lifestyle that supports domestic markets.
Through this session, attendees will learn the value of promoting and living a conscious lifestyle that supports domestic markets.

 No PowerPoint presentations available at this time.


Contamination Reduction

Speakers: Laura Tucker, Jefferson County Public Health, Meggan Uecker, Clallam County,

Facing a big contamination problem in small communities.
How do you effectively reduce contamination in your recycling program? Two rural counties share their strategies of what worked (and what didn't) when they created campaigns to address this problem. Their campaigns included a variety of approaches with both adults and students, leveraging other community programs to increase capacity on shoestring budgets, and tackling stagnant concepts of “that’s how it’s always been done”. Clallam County has single stream curbside collection while Jefferson County continues to use source separated bins in both curbside and drop boxes. There will be something for almost everyone!

No PowerPoint presentations available at this time.


Shared Space Collection: Tracking, Trainings and Tools to Reduce Contamination and Increase Participation
Speakers: Hannah Scholes; Waste Management, Karissa Jones; Waste Management

Description: Shared services and containers pose many unique challenges in the solid waste and recycling industry. This session will explore best practices for working in both multifamily and commercial sectors to evaluate and implement recycling and composting programs in these conditions.

Part 1:Title: Multifamily Composting "Simple Steps to Success" 

Initiating compost collection programs at multifamily housing can be daunting, but is an extremely relevant factor in waste diversion. This session will outline a simple and cost-effective strategy to tackle this challenge. 

Part 2: Title: Solutions for Shared Spaces: Tracking Diversion when you have a Shared Container

Speakers: Deanne Fultz; Engie, Chelsi Tryon ; Engie

Demystifying how to track contents in a shared waste container from shared spaces such as strip malls, multiuse buildings, and property management/leased facilities. Identifying challenges and presenting solutions to track diversion rates, space constraints, and accurate billing. Presenting data from client examples and opportunities with technological advancements.

No presentations available at this time.

Reducing Food Waste in Schools

Speakers: Dale Alekel; King County Solid Waste, Erin Hislop; Triangle Associates, Kendra Tyler; US EPA Region 10

Hear about EPA's assistance and incentives related to school food waste prevention and recovery.  Learn from King County Green Schools Program about successful methods to reduce K-12 school food waste. Engage in curriculum used in schools to reduce food waste, and learn how to implement school food waste reduction strategies from education to food rescue.
EPA School Food Share Program

No presentations available at this time.

Sorting Through Data: Elevating our waste diversion programs by understanding how our campus generates and disposes of waste.

Speaker: Liz Gignilliat; UW Recycling, University of Washington

What’s the best way to utilize waste characterization study data when you only get it once every fifteen years? How do we find new solutions for some of our state’s most complicated waste issues like contamination reduction, increasing diversion while maintaining responsible sorting, and reducing wishcycling? Through coordinating a waste characterization study of the over 150 buildings that make up the University of Washington Seattle Campus, UW Recycling endeavored to answer these questions and more. In this session we will talk though how we structured the study, how we analyzed the data we received, and the steps we’re taking to improve our waste diversion programs with an eye on the future

 WSRA 4-29-19 Sorting Through Data.pdf


Policies to address the Recycling Crisis, Waste Reduction, and other Issues

Speaker: Heather Trim; Zero Waste Washington, Paul Jewell; Sego Jackson, Alli Kingsicher; Dept. of Ecology

Description: Our states, counties and cities have been facing increased costs, high contamination rates, and reduced options for end markets. In the 2019 Washington and Oregon legislative sessions, bills were introduced to address the recycling crisis precipitated by China's National Sword/Blue Sky policy, waste reduction and other zero waste issues. This session will cover the key features of these bills, what resonated with legislators and lessons learned and ways to be involved next session. 

WSRA Conference Presentation 04.30.19.pdf


Cart Tags for a Less Contaminated Tomorrow

Speaker/s: Lindsay Chapman; Spokane County, James Tieken; City of Spokane, Steven Gimpel; Waste Management

Description: In Spokane County, public-private partnerships were leveraged to quickly launch a low-cost curbside recycling cart tagging program. Elements included a harmonized message across 3 haulers’ routes with high contamination rates, using volunteer labor, and pre- and post-tagging audits at the local MRF. Come participate in this session and hear from stakeholders about the lessons learned from implementing a cart-tagging program to reduce recycling contamination.

Speakers:  Joel Kohlstedt; Waste Management, Stacy Ludington; Clackamas County Sustainability and Solid Waste, Cody Marshall, The Recycling Partnership

Description: Both Waste Management and Clackamas County recently conducted different styles of cart tagging studies with the goal of identifying top contaminants in residential carts, gathering more information about the cart tagging process, and most importantly looking at what it takes to reduce contamination.  The studies differed in approach, and the information and lessons learned from each is what will bring such unique value to this session.

 #3b_Partnership Tagging Presentation 4.22.19.pdf



Addressing Contamination Through Training and Experience

Speaker: Julie Gilbertson; Ciity of Vancouver

For over a decade, the City of Vancouver and Waste Connections have collaborated to offer small-group recycling trainings to residents in exchange for mini grants provided to their neighborhood association. Over the last two years, demand for more information has shaped the traditional training into a suite of courses offered to anyone interested in a better understanding of what happens after collection and local options to manage waste. In 2018, the City launched RecycleU. The session will touch on the small grant program to neighborhoods, the importance of offering an up-close look at the local processing system during tumultuous recycling market conditions, developing a way to discuss services “beyond the curb”, and harmonizing messages with regional partners. In 2019, we hope to introduce a session designed specifically for multifamily complexes. We’ll offer “meet and greet” opportunities for property managers – a venue where they can trade information about how they manage waste/recycling at their properties. We’ll offer trainings for residents of multifamily complexes, too. 

 No presentations available at this time.


Creating Unified Waste Education and Planning at Four College Campuses

Speakers: Alex Thomas; Community Colleges of Spokane

This session will share the highlights and challenges from the first year of a partner position between Gonzaga University, the Community Colleges of Spokane, and Eastern Washington University. We'll go over the creation of the partnership, the successes, and the discovered best practices from the year."

 WSRA Presentation.pdf


Why Recycling Isn’t “Broken”- An Economist’s Perspective

Speakers: Dave Claugus; Pioneer Recycling Services

The market value of residential recyclables has declined significantly with the recent withdrawal of China from the marketplace.  Some have concluded the current negative pricing for ResMix means “recycling is broken”.  In this session Dave Claugus, an economist and MRF operator, will share in a fun and entertaining way why the market for recyclables in not broken, but rather, is stronger than ever before.  Dave will also show with facts & data why he is optimistic for the future of recycling markets and why his forecast for future pricing is strongly bullish.  (Attendees of this session will have ample time for questions and will have the opportunity to access his presentation for future use in educating local decision makers.)

 Recycling Isnt Broken v.2.pdf


David Allaway Closing Keynote Session

Zero Waste, or Zero Wastes? The Unintended Consequences of Focusing on Landfill Diversion

David Allaway is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. Since 1989, he has helped hundreds of businesses and communities, including many in Washington state, to reduce the environmental impacts of materials and wastes. David led efforts to develop and update the nation’s first sub-national consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory, served as an invited science advisor to Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network, and served as an advisor to Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown and the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. A member of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum’s leadership team, David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College.

AllawayD_WSRA Plenary 052019.pdf