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Who We Are

WRRA represents Washington's diverse and multifaceted solid waste handling industry, providing its members with general legal support, educational seminars, workshops, and representation before regulatory agencies and the Legislature.

About WRRA

We're an association of solid waste companies and professionals who have gathered to promote the private solid waste and recycling industry and our member companies.

Important dates in Washington State Solid Waste History:

bullet  1961 Washington State enacted comprehensive legislation regulating the collection and transportation of solid waste, which creates the "G-Certificate"

bullet  1989 Waste Not Washington Act

bullet  2004 WSDOE Issues "Beyond Waste Plan"

bullet  2005 Legislature re-regulates the "collection and transportation of commercial recyclables."


Mission Statement

To promote environmentally sound and efficient solid waste and recycling services within the Washington State regulatory system.

WRRA's Sustainability Policy

The Washington Refuse & Recycling Association (WRRA) supports the working definition of sustainability and goals adopted by the Department of Ecology, and the provisions of Executive Order 02-03.

Department Of Ecology's Working Definition of Sustainability: "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Department of Ecology Sustainability Goals:

bullet  Prevent pollution

bullet  Clean up pollution

bullet  Support sustainable communities and resources

Sustainability in the Solid Waste & Recycling System:

WRRA believes that the sustainable operation of the solid waste & recycling system considers economic, environmental and community resources and impacts. Therefore, WRRA supports the following sustainable practices:

bullet  Ensuring compliance with all environmental, solid waste and recycling laws and regulations.

bullet  Looking for opportunities for greater energy efficiency.

bullet  Looking for opportunities to reduce emissions from collection vehicles.

bullet  Working with state and local governments to reduce, reuse and recycle waste streams.

bullet  Continuing to implement programs that improve worker health and safety and improve collection efficiency.

bullet  Supporting a quality work environment for all employees.

bullet  Promoting community service.

bullet  Supporting sustainable efforts by others in our communities.

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