It’s time to Rethink—in addition to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Much has changed over the last 40 years in technologies and characteristics as well as disposal/diversion methods of the solid waste we all produce.
While managing solid waste is a smaller percentage of the contributions to climate change impacts, there are so many actions that citizens can take individually. But it’s not just about individual responsibility, but also getting companies to take responsibility for the waste their products create.In recent years the Legislature has passed bills relating to
In this session there will be continued efforts on bills that didn’t make it in the 2022 session. Look for bills on (will post bill numbers as soon as they come available):
The new efforts in “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Incentivizing plastic waste reduction and better recycling outcomes will lead to creating a circular economy to divert waste from disposal.
League priority bills are in bold below.
|House Bills||House||Senate||After Passage|
|Bill #||Bill Name (Brief Title)||League Position||Take Action||In Committee||On Floor Calendar||Passed||In Committee||On Floor Calendar||Passed||Passed Legislature||On Governor's Desk||Signed|
|HB 1033||Evaluating compostable product usage in Washington.||Support
|HB 1047||Concerning the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetic products.||Support
|HB 1085||Reducing plastic pollution
Improving Washington's solid waste management outcomes. WRAP Act
Responsible management of appliances containing harmful gases and other materials.
Reducing environmental impacts associated with lighting products.
SB 5154 Improving Washington's solid waste management outcomes. WRAP Act. Establishes product stewardship for packaging and printed paper, including recycling and reuse targets, accurate labeling provisions and requirements for post-consumer recycled content in plastic tubs, thermoform containers (e.g., clamshells), and single-use cups. Importantly, the WRAP Act includes a “bottle bill” section. This bill implements the top recommendations in Ecology’s Plastics Study (October 2020) which was required by Senator Rolfes’ SB5397 in 2019 to address our recycling crisis and the increasing amount of plastic pollution. Here is a factsheet.
SB 5144 Providing for responsible environmental management of batteries. Product stewardship bill provides for recycling of all batteries. Similar to a bill in California that was recently signed into law. The bill would make battery manufacturers responsible for the lifecycle of their products, creating an incentive for them to make batteries that last longer or are easier to recycle and providing for convenient and responsible recycling of batteries in a statewide program. The program would include portable batteries and medium batteries (scooters and power tools). Large format batteries (over 25 lbs and 2000 Wh) would be subject to a Ecology study by July 2026, and then potentially other management, including producer responsibility. Here is a factsheet.
SB 5287 Concerning a study on the recycling of wind turbine blades Requires the Washington State University extension energy program to conduct a study on the feasibility of recycling wind turbine blades used in Washington. A single turbine blade weighs 12 tons, after 20 to 25 years it needs to be replaced. This very hard to recycle material usually ends up in the landfill. The proposed study should provide information and recommendations on siting facilities in our state and if a state managed product stewardship program could be considered.
HB 1033 Evaluating compostable product usage. Establishes an advisory committee to standardize composting across Washington.
HB 1047 Concerning the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetic products. Eliminates the sale of cosmetics that contain one of nine toxins as identified in the bill. Allows for a phase-out to keep toxins out of homes and environment.
HB 1085 Reducing plastic pollution. A three-pronged approach to reduce the use of unnecessary plastics by 1) Requiring refill stations in drinking fountains in all new construction; 2) Phasing out mini toiletries plastic packaging (including
shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and soaps) at hotels and other lodging establishments; 3) Banning foam-filled dock floats in our lakes and marine waters.
HB 1131 Improving Washington's solid waste management outcomes. WRAP Act (see above)
HB 1164 Responsible management of appliances containing harmful gases and other materials. Creates a producer responsibility program for appliances.
HB 1185 Reducing environmental impacts associated with lighting products. Addresses a phase out of mercury light bulbs and an update of the existing light-cycle law.