Paying for litter programs

We manage the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control Account (WRRLCA) and fund programs to pick up and prevent litter in Washington.

Since 1971, a 0.015% tax on retail sales of items typically found in roadside litter funds Washington’s litter, waste reduction, and recycling programs. This tax generates about $11.4 million a year for the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control Account (WRRLCA). Our WRRLCA budget varies each biennium based on funds from the Legislature and the litter tax.

We split the WRRLCA budget of approximately $26 million three ways:

  • 40% funds litter pickup and prevention programs
  • 40% funds waste reduction and recycling efforts
  • 20% funds local government programs through the Community Litter Cleanup Program

State-funded litter programs

We direct funds to a variety of litter pickup, prevention, and enforcement efforts statewide. These programs and partnerships include: