Zero Waste Washington protects people and our natural world by advocating for products designed and produced to be healthy, safe, and continually recycled and reused. We are the public’s voice for zero waste.We envision a just and sustainable world where society responsibly produces, consumes and recycles.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit 2010: Supported successful passage of mercury-containing lighting bill(http://zerowastewashington.org/index.php/producer-responsibility-for-fluorescents) , which requires producers to pay to recycle fluorescent lights from residents.2009: First year of E-Cycle Washington(http://zerowastewashington.org/index.php/component/content/20) program. Producers collected over 38 million pounds of computers, monitors and TVs for recycling.2009: Developed first-of-its kind information on reducing waste medicines(http://zerowastewashington.org/images/pdfs/healthcare-brochure.pdf) .2009: Evaluated(http://zerowastewashington.org/images/pdfs/rbrc-eval.pdf) the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s(http://www.rbrc.org) in store program for collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones. 2008: Participated on the Beyond Waste working group of Washington’s Climate Advisory Team to recommend solid waste policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 2007: Supported successful bill requiring vendors who sell beverages at outdoor sports facilities to provide recycling for bottles and cans. 2006-2008: Collaborated with a diverse coalition on a pilot program to securely take back unwanted household medicines(http://www.medicinereturn.com) .2006: Collaborated on successful passage of the electronics bill(http://zerowastewashington.org/index.php/how-this-win-happened) requiring producers to set up and pay for recycling of computers and TVs from residents, schools, and small businesses.2005-2009: Worked with a number of counties to initiate retail “Take It Back Networks” for electronics and fluorescent lights. 2004: Successfully advocated for a “study” bill requiring Department of Ecology to make recommendations on recycling obsolete computers and TVs.2003-06: Distributed our “Citizen’s Guide to Producer Responsibility”(http://zerowastewashington.org/images/pdfs/citizens-guide.pdf) to over 11,000 citizens, elected officials, and others.
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