Monday, February 15, 2010

Recycling Conference - May 23-26, 2010

If you want to learn more about what I consider to be the real "roots" of Sustainability and the World of being Green attend the Washington State Recycling Association for the 2010 conference in Vancouver, WA. These folks have been Green for over 30 years - and they really know their stuff!

Washington State Recycling Association's 30th Annual Conference and Trade Show--info & details below:

Annual Conference Scholarship Opportunities are Available
Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school in Washington State who is thinking about making a career out of recycling? Invite them to see how the recycling industry actually works - from collection and processing to markets and politics. Attached is the link to more information and the application form.

Expanded Conference Program
We are excited to announce we have increased the number of plenary sessions available and have added optional tours to Wednesday. We will have a keynote and three plenary sessions this year. Jerry Powell of Recycling Resources will speak to the current state of recycling including the current status of NRC; Regina Hauser of The Natural Step Network will discuss “a strategic approach to being a sustainable business” and Dene Grigar, PHD of WSU Vancouver will have a workshop on social media, “Digital Technology and Culture”.

Early Bird Opportunities: Sponsors and Exhibitors
Sponsors and Exhibitors that register/commit before January 20th will be included in the conference brochure. The brochure will be available on our website and mailed to approximately 1,200 industry experts throughout the state. As a sponsor or an exhibitor you will be included in several promotional pieces related to the conference. Contact the WSRA office to make sure you are included in this expansive marketing opportunity.

Silent Auction Expansion-You can support the WSRA even if you are not attending the conference
This year the silent auction is being expanded and rebranded as the “Sensational Second Chance Silent Auction”. In addition to the fabulous art created from recycling/reuse materials, the silent auction committee is asking industry experts to "think ReGift". This is your chance to donate something brand new or slightly used that you no longer want, but you think someone else might love. Also consider an experience or service you think someone else might appreciate. Items such as weekend getaways, tickets to sporting events, vacation homes, timeshares etc. are very popular. Remember, all proceeds benefit WSRA. If you have an item for the auction, please advise the WSRA office at and we will start a list of items to be auctioned at the conference.

Want more info, please contact: Diana Leland, Member Services Director Washington State Recycling AssociationPhone: 206-244-0311 Fax: 206-244-4413

& Thanks for Recycling! Kim

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Closed Loop Scoop News from WA Dept of Ecology

Hi Everyone!

Here is the link to latest news update from the Washington State Department of Ecology:

Articles include:
• First Year of Electronic’s Recycling
• Beyond Waste Progress Report
• Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
• 2008 Statewide Recycling Rate
• 2010 School Awards Application Period
• Ecology Youth Corps 2009 Outputs
• WSDOT Paper Purchasing
• Litter Hotline, Hot in 2009!

Thanks to an email from Layne Nakagawa from the WA State Dept of Ecology.