Strategic policy & planning

Developments in solid waste and recycling are constant, and a well-managed recycling stream is critical to Washington's environmental and public health.

Planning for Washington's waste systems

Our strategic planning focuses on a sustainable materials management approach.

Recycling markets and infrastructure

International markets can and do impact Washington's recycling system dramatically. Our Recycling Development Center (RDC) works to improve Washington's recycling commodities market, as needs for domestic recycling facilities continue to grow.

We also work to improve recycling infrastructure by reducing contaminants in the recycling stream, which is a critical issue to maintain a viable market for these materials.

Recent waste and recycling laws

Enacting recycling and waste legislation