Composting & Recycling

Environment Washington helps coordinate day-of-action for the WRAP Act

Environment Washington Advocate Pam Clough and the Plastic Free Washington coalition joined together at the Capitol to show support for the Washington Recycling and Packaging Act, which would improve recycling and help reduce unnecessary packaging.

Advocates show support for bill to reduce plastic pollution
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The Plastic Free WA coalition hosts a Game-a-Thon to raise awareness of the Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act.

Plastic, single-use, and other hard-to-recycle packaging has increased dramatically over the years and continues to increase. We’ve all experienced this problem first-hand-  being increasingly confused about what should and should not be recycled, seeing trash littering our neighborhoods and beaches, and seeing our landfills approaching capacity.

Washington’s recycling systems have not been able to keep up with the influx of plastic and paper packaging flooding into our homes and environment. That’s why Rep. Berry and Sen. Rolfes have introduced the Washington Recycling And Packaging (WRAP) Act (HB 1131 / SB 5154)– to address the growing amount of packaging and fix Washington’s inefficient recycling systems. 

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Rep. Berry and Sen. Rolfes, sponsors of the Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act are working to improve Washington's recycling outcomes.

The WRAP Act would use two complementary mechanisms to improve recycling and reduce waste. First, it establishes a producer responsibility system, requiring the companies that actually make packaging decisions to be financially responsible for the end-of-life management of these materials, rather than those costs falling on Washington residents. This model has proven successful around the world, and similar programs have recently been established by state legislatures in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Maine. The WRAP Act would also create a bottle deposit program in Washington, which has been shown to generate very high recycling rates for beverage containers in many other states across the country.

Environment Washington’s Advocate, Pam Clough, helped pull together a event on Tuesday in Olympia at the Capitol to support the WRAP Act, with legislators and staff enjoying free gelato from Sofie’s Scoops and games like WRAP Act Plinko, table-top beach clean-up competitions, and a bottle toss competition.

Senator Rolfes plays Sen. Braun in a bottle toss competition at the WRAP Act Game-a-Thon. Pam Clough | Used by permission
Blair E with Puget Soundkeeper educates attendees about microplastics in Puget Sound. Pamela Clough | Used by permission
Pam Clough | Used by permission
Pam Clough | Used by permission

There were also hearings in the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, and the House Environment and Energy Committee, where Pam testified in support on behalf of Environment.  The final Senate tally showed over 1400 people signed in to support the WRAP Act, compared to 32 in opposition.

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Pam Clough waiting to testify in support of the Washington Recycling and Packaging Act.
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