Seattle unveils ambitious solid waste plan

Published: February 6, 2013 3:05 pm ET
Updated: February 6, 2013 3:07 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Government & Legislation, Recycling

SEATTLE -- By 2016, Seattle would prohibit single-single homes, multi-family dwellings and businesses from throwing away organic waste, according to an ambitious update to the city's Solid Waste Management Plan that's being considered by lawmakers.

The plan would also prohibit all commercial construction and demolition debris from being landfilled by 2017.

In a meeting Feb. 5, the City Council's Libraries, Utilities, and Center Committee utilities committee voted to recommend that the full council approve the new solid waste plan, according to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Among the highlights of the city's new plan:

  • A 60 percent recycling rate by 2015.
  • A 70 percent recycling rate by 2022.
  • Single-family organics collection in 2014.
  • A 2014 ban on businesses sending plastic film and clean wood to landfills.
  • Multi-family organics collection in 2015.
  • A single-use plastic bag ban in stores in 2015.
  • A ban on commercial organics to landfills in 2016.
  • A ban of C&D debris to landfill in 2017.
  • A composting program for pet waste and diapers in 2020.

Seattle's recycling rate was 55.4 percent in 2011, according to data from the city.

No word on when the full council will take up the measure.


Comments

Seattle unveils ambitious solid waste plan

Published: February 6, 2013 3:05 pm ET
Updated: February 6, 2013 3:07 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

ACI expanding in South Carolina

September 17, 2014 12:56 pm ET

Reprocessor and recycler ACI Plastics Inc. is expanding in South Carolina.    More

Image

Symphony Environmental defends biodegradable plastics in recycling stream

September 17, 2014 11:47 am ET

Symphony Environmental Technologies plc, one of the world's largest oxo-biodegradable technology companies, has responded to a leading Mexican...    More

Image

On-line tool aims to increase recycling through common language

September 17, 2014 12:32 pm ET

A new online tool is out to get everybody speaking the same language when it comes to plastics recycling.    More

Image

Rise of PP recycling leads to first bale specifications

September 17, 2014 10:22 am ET

PET has its bale specifications for recycling. And so does high density polyethylene. But now comes polypropylene's time.    More

Image

Latvian plastics recycler Nordic Plast boosts capacity

September 16, 2014 10:15 am ET

Latvian plastics waste recycler Nordic Plast Ltd. has invested more than 2.5 million euros ($3.2 million) to expand capacity and modernize production ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events