Recycling and reducing waste

Reducing waste and recycling is a goal of Ecology's Solid Waste Management program. Waste management relies on partnerships between state and local governments and the private sector. County governments and local health departments develop solid waste regulations and management plans, and we support them with technical assistance and guidance.
Reducing waste and recycling is a goal of Ecology's Solid Waste Management program. Waste management relies on partnerships between state and local governments and the private sector. County governments and local health departments develop solid waste regulations and management plans, and we support them with technical assistance and guidance.

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Earth Day 2022: Less is more
Invest in our planet is the theme for Earth Day 2022. We're investing in the planet by taking out and keeping out litter, plastics, and food waste.
30 ways to reduce food waste in Washington
The Use Food Well Washington Plan holds 30 recommendations to reduce food waste and create a more resilient food system.
$84,000 to 20 waste reduction projects
Through the Waste Not Washington program, we awarded more than $84,000 to 20 waste reduction projects.
Food waste reduction plan holds economic, social, and environmental benefits
The draft Use Food Well Washington Plan is a roadmap to reaching the state’s goals of cutting food waste in half by 2030. The draft plan is now available to the public for review and comment.
Reducing plastics in Washington
Plastic pollution is everywhere and poses a threat to human health, wildlife, and the environment .
$500,000 to help beat back the recycling crisis
Ecology’s Recycling Development Center has awarded $504,073 to 10 local governments and one university to help develop and grow markets for recycled materials.
Cut costs with Ecology's Lean/Green Program
Lean/Green manufacturers have a more streamlined operation with less impact on the environment. Listen to the Lean/Green Program's Hugh O'Neill talk about how it can help a business's bottom line.
50 years of litter pickup and prevention
Maintaining the quality of scenic roads and the health of roadsides and what lies downgrade is a cornerstone of our work and serves as a thermometer to litter control efforts across the state.
Ecology wins national Pollution Prevention awards
Each year, we celebrate Pollution Prevention Week, a time to recognize staff, local partners, businesses, and Washington residents for taking actions to reduce or eliminate sources of pollution.
Systemwide change to tackle plastic pollution no longer out of reach
The U.S. Plastic Pact is an ambitious initiative to unify diverse public and private stakeholders across the plastics chain to rethink how we design, use, and reuse plastics.

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