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Washington State’s Beyond Waste Plan:. www.ecy.wa.gov/beyondwaste John Ridgway Washington State Dept. Of Ecology 25 January 2006. What is the Beyond Waste Project?. 30-year plan for decreasing solid and hazardous wastes increasing recycling and reuse

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Washington state s beyond waste plan

Washington State’s Beyond Waste Plan:

www.ecy.wa.gov/beyondwaste

John Ridgway

Washington State Dept. Of Ecology

25 January 2006


What is the beyond waste project
What is the Beyond Waste Project?

30-year plan for

  • decreasing solid and hazardous wastes

  • increasing recycling and reuse

  • reducing the use of toxic substances

  • properly managing those wastes that remain


Technology and Environment

Robert U. Ayres

99%

94%

PERCENT OF EXTRACTED MATERIALS WASTED

Extraction


The beyond waste vision

We can transition to a society where wastes are viewed as inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

This will contribute to environmental, economic and social vitality.

The Beyond Waste Vision


5 key initiatives
5 Key Initiatives inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Reduce industry's toxic materials & hazardous wastes

  • Reduce threats from small-volume hazardous wastes & materials (MRW)

  • Make green building mainstream

  • Increase organicsclosed-loop recycling

  • Measure progress regularly


How we chose these 5 areas
How We Chose These 5 Areas inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Stakeholder Priorities

  • Portions of waste stream

  • Don’t try to do it all at once!

  • Impacts (health & environment)

  • Momentum and opportunity

  • Interconnectedness

  • Enhance economic competitiveness


Recommendations are interconnected
Recommendations are Interconnected inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • For example, compost in landscaping:

    • Contributes to organics recycling

    • Helps meet green building standards

    • Reduces use of pesticides

    • Expands business opportunities for industries


Aligning efforts
Aligning Efforts inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.


Levers
Levers inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Local Plans

  • Incentives

  • Tools for businesses

  • State government leading by example

  • Increase awareness and demand

  • Partnerships


Industries
‘Industries’ inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Focus on specific industry sectors

    • Metal finishing--CPC

    • Mercury—hospitals, schools, switches, dental offices, lamps, ‘novelty’ products’

    • PBDE Chemical Action Plan

    • General government

    • Identify additional sectors


Industries cont d
Industries inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated. —cont’d

  • Work to encourage new businesses to adopt P2 and sustainability practices

  • Encourage waste handlers to become materials brokers

  • Promote sustainability in product development

  • Provide incentives to reduce waste & the use of toxics.


Small volume hazardous wastes materials mrw
Small-Volume Hazardous Wastes & Materials (MRW) inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Focus on specific products/substances

  • State to purchase fewer products with hazardous constituents (EPP)

  • Evaluate regulatory framework for long-term---base standards on risk, not amount

  • Fully implement local haz waste programs


Green building
Green Building inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • State government builds green and uses green building materials

  • Expand residential green building programs

  • Incentives to promote green building


Organics
Organics inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • State agencies collect & recycle organics

  • Increase state government use of recycled organics

  • Expand home composting

  • Develop product quality & labeling stds.

  • Address regulatory barriers


Measure progress
Measure Progress inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Select major or overall indicators

  • Begin producing Beyond Waste progress reports (2006 Report Card)

  • Track specific indicators for each key initiative


Implementation has begun
Implementation has begun… inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

  • Sector projects for industries & MRW: mercury & PBDE and electronics & paint take-back infrastructure

  • Web sites---New Beyond Waste & green building websites with “how-to” tips for locals and others

  • Ecology walks its talk: Food/paper towel compost facility

  • Consultant study on incentives


The new course will result in
The New Course Will Result In: inefficient and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

The key is to use our wasted resources more efficiently


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