The future of solid waste funding in Washington state

In a July 2017 three part report for the Washington Department of Ecology, Cascadia Consulting Group researched, identified, and recommended options to strengthen the state’s funding system for solid waste management. Among the four state-level recommended funding mechanisms was Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): "Seek to expand statewide EPR for hard-to-handle and hazardous products, potentially printers and peripherals, medicine, paint, mattresses, batteries, household hazardous waste, and/or appliances with refrigerants. Monitor the effectiveness and stakeholder impacts of packaging and printed paper programs elsewhere for potential future consideration." Download the report and appendices from Ecology's financing solid waste for the future website.