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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:


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

Washington state s beyond waste plan

Technology and Environment

Robert U. Ayres





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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



  • Local Plans

  • Incentives

  • Tools for businesses

  • State government leading by example

  • Increase awareness and demand

  • Partnerships



  • 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


  • 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)

  • 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

  • State government builds green and uses green building materials

  • Expand residential green building programs

  • Incentives to promote green building



  • 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

  • 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…

  • 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:

The key is to use our wasted resources more efficiently

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