West Coast News

Plastics recovery efforts receive millions in state funding

21 May 2019

Five plastics recycling projects will take in a total of $11.7 million in California state grants. The awarded companies are targeting scrap plastic from a variety of sources.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) recently approved its 2018-19 Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass Grant Program recipients. All five awardees are targeting some amount of plastics with the funds.

Washington community plans for changes to recycling program

4 Mar 2019

City officials in Tacoma, Washington, have announced several proposals to change its recycling program. The city currently offers curbside recycling service to residents, multifamily tenants and commercial customers.

However, the city reports in a news release that “the majority of Tacoma’s recyclables are sold overseas, mainly in Asia, where countries have adopted strict policies regarding material quality. Materials that do not meet the requirements are rejected.”

Seattle, WA to Receive First Electronic Reusing Depot in the U.S.

20 Feb 2019

One of the Electronic Reusing Association’s (ERA) prime missions is to help other immigrants and charities needing technology. ERA focuses on reusing and refurbishing laptops, computers, monitors, servers, printers, cell phones and many other electronic devices. As a non-profit, they strongly believe in tackling the growing problem of e-waste. In a short time, they have become industry leaders in data destruction and securely repurposing hundreds of tons of equipment.

Washington’s Department of Ecology Hopes to Address Recycling Issues with New Legislation

5 Feb 2019

New legislation proposed by the Washington state Department of Ecology hopes to address some of those deficiencies in regional recycling and solid waste management. The ultimate goal is to attract more businesses to recycle and use materials in the state, and offer state help for waste managers at the county and city level as they better plan for how to manage the stuff they collect.

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Recology Rolls Out Electric Trucks

28 Jan 2019

When the city of Seattle recently put out an RFP for a 10-year hauling contract, it included a noteworthy request: primary fleets that leverage energy-saving fuel sources. 

 

The Seattle contract, which covers collection of waste, recycling and organics, was awarded to the city’s two incumbent haulers: Waste Management and Recology.

5 Years After Sonoma County, CA Ban, New Era of Plastic Bags Poses a Growing Waste Problem

17 Jan 2019

Five years after Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa banned single-use plastic bags at local supermarkets and stores, the much-maligned plastic bag is making a comeback — and reviving some familiar problems. The new breed of plastic bag, introduced a little more than two years ago, is marketed as a thicker, sturdier sack that can be reused dozens of times, and also is recyclable.

Already a Climate Change Leader, California Takes on Food Waste

17 Dec 2018

In a mass of discarded food, Los Angeles County sanitation planners see far more than a waste-disposal problem—they see a resource. A bucket loader digs into the mass and hoists a load of glop into a grinder. Seconds later, the chewed-up food waste pours into a bin, its first step toward the anaerobic digesters that will blend it with household sewage and use it to brew biogas, manufactured methane suitable for use in running a county wastewater plant.

City of Seattle RFP for Organics Processing Services

7 Dec 2018

The City of Seattle has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for future Organics Processing Services to process yard debris, food scraps, food-soiled paper, compostable food packaging, and compostable bags received through the City’s transfer stations and through the City’s solid waste collection contracts. The selected vendor(s) will begin organics processing services starting in 2020 or 2022.

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