Washington Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous (dangerous) waste: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-017

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Solid waste:

Definitions: WAC 173-345-030

Facility permit exemption: WAC 173-350-210(2) and WAC 173-345-080

Recycling facility standards: WAC 173-304-300

Collection: WAC 173-345-040

Notification: WAC 173-345-080

Penalties: WAC 173-345-090

Solid waste management plan: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95.090

Paper Conservation Program: RCW 43.19A.022 and RCW 70.95

Electronic products recycling: RCW 70.95N and WAC 173-900-010 to 173-900-997

Regulatory Agency

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has adopted the federal regulations for recycling hazardous waste. However, the state's recycling rules apply to dangerous wastes, which include the federal hazardous wastes and additional state-identified wastes.

The Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) has adopted rules for electronic product recycling in the state. The Department has also adopted standards for the transportation of recyclable materials that include transporter registration, facility notification, and collection requirements.

Note: The WDOE refers to its hazardous waste as dangerous waste and extremely hazardous waste. For additional guidance, see the state section LISTED WASTES.

Washington requires each county to develop its own solid (nondangerous) waste management plan that includes a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling strategy. The WDOE has final approval of each county's recycling plan.

For information about recycling used oil, see the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT.

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