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
Companies & Associations

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

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events