Task force recommends improvements to regional recycling system

Feb. 26, 2019, King County: The Responsible Recycling Task Force, formed by the King County Solid Waste Division with Seattle Public Utilities, other city governments, and local solid waste processors, developed recommendations based on findings from a recently-completed recycling study. The task force recommends removing plastic bags and film from curbside recycling programs and expanding the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a program that collects these materials at retail locations. Other options are being explored for shredded paper. The task force supports bills proposed in the Washington State Legislature this session to: establish a statewide plastics stewardship program; prohibit single-use plastic carry-out bags statewide; and create a recycling development center in the state to encourage new markets for recycled commodities.