Legislation: Washington

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
March, 2010

SB 5543 (RCW 70.275) was signed by Governor Gregoire on March 19, 2010. The bill creates a convenient, statewide recycling program for mercury-containing lighting from residents in Washington State starting in 2013. No-cost recycling services must be...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Resolution
Date:
January, 2010

Resolution of the City Council of the City of Issaquah (PDF), Washington, January 2010.

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
July, 2009

SSHB 1522 added a new section to chapter 70.95N RCW, the electronic product recycling act to clarify the role of registered collectors relating to repair and reuse of electronic products.

Status:
Failed
Type:
Bill
Date:
November, 2008

HB 1718 was introduced in 2009 and was the outcome of Executive Order 07-02 (PDF file, 79KB) that was signed by the governor in February 2007 directing the Washington State Department of Ecology and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to develop a climate change initiative.

The ...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Resolution
Date:
September, 2008

Resolution of the Washington State Public Health Association supporting a secure, convenient medicine return program to reduce the public health and environmental health impacts of unwanted medicines. 2008.

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
April, 2008

On April 1, 2008, the Children's Safe Products Act of 2008 (HB 2647 / SB 6530) was signed in to law. The bill prohibits the sale of toys and other children's products containing more than 90 parts per million (ppm) lead, or 40 ppm cadmium, or 1000 ppm of any of six phthalates starting July 1, 2009. In November 2008 the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) withdrew ...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
July, 2007

HB 2056 was signed into law and went into effect in July, 2007. The bill requires beverage vendors at official gatherings and events, in areas for which residential and commercial recycling is already available, to provide recycling for single-serving plastic, glass and aluminum containers. The Washington State Department of Ecology has produced a Focus Sheet on Recycling at Washington Events (PDF file, 175KB) that answers...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
April, 2007

In 2007, landmark legislation, HB 1024 (PDF file, 30KB), was passed to phase out the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) including Deca (Chapter 70.76 RCW). PBDEs are flame retardants used in consumer products. PBDEs persist in the environment and accumulate in living organisms, and toxicological testing...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Resolution
Date:
March, 2006

In 2006, the WSPHA adopted WSPHA Resolution 06-02 (PDF file, 34KB), a resolution endorsing the Precautionary Principle as a public health tool for preventing harm from persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs). The Precautionary Principle holds that those who produce goods should be responsible for ensuring they are healthy for the population.

Also in 2006, the WSPHA adopted ...

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