Waste & Recycling News

Nestor discusses her start in the industry at a time… | 13 Dec 2019 | 2:16 pm
EPA is appealing a court order that denies the agency… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:05 am
The tender offer will expire at 5 p.m. ET time… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am
The bill will now go to the Ohio Senate, which… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am
The facility will provide a sustainable waste solution to the… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am
NWRA hosted a webinar on December 11 highlighting what haulers… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am
The nonprofit is now working with partners to create an… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am
NPR sits down with Scott Kennedy of the Center for… | 13 Dec 2019 | 8:00 am

Who We Are

WRRA represents Washington's diverse and multifaceted solid waste handling industry, providing its members with general legal support, educational seminars, workshops, and representation before regulatory agencies and the Legislature.

About WRRA

We're an association of solid waste companies and professionals who have gathered to promote the private solid waste and recycling industry and our member companies.

Important dates in Washington State Solid Waste History:

  • 1961 Washington State enacted comprehensive legislation regulating the collection and transportation of solid waste, which creates the "G-Certificate"
  • 1989 Waste Not Washington Act
  • 2004 WSDOE Issues "Beyond Waste Plan"
  • 2005 Legislature re-regulates the "collection and transportation of commercial recyclables."

Mission Statement

To promote environmentally sound and efficient solid waste and recycling services within the Washington State regulatory system.

WRRA’s Sustainability

The Washington Refuse & Recycling Association (WRRA) supports the working definition of sustainability and goals adopted by the Department of Ecology, and the provisions of Executive Order 02-03.

Department Of Ecology's Working Definition of Sustainability: "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainability in the Solid Waste & Recycling

WRRA believes that the sustainable operation of the solid waste & recycling system considers economic, environmental and community resources and impacts. Therefore, WRRA supports the following sustainable practices:

  • Ensuring compliance with all environmental, solid waste and recycling laws and regulations.
  • Looking for opportunities for greater energy efficiency.
  • Looking for opportunities to reduce emissions from collection vehicles.
  • Working with state and local governments to reduce, reuse and recycle waste streams.
  • Continuing to implement programs that improve worker health and safety and improve collection efficiency.
  • Supporting a quality work environment for all employees.
  • Promoting community service.
  • Supporting sustainable efforts by others in our communities.

WRRA Scholarships

The WRRA Scholarship Program was established in 2006 and made its initial awards in 2007 for the 2007-08 school year. The program is intended to assist WRRA Member company employees and their children to continue education in college or vocational school programs.

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