HB 1131 – Solid Waste ManagementBill brief
Environment & Natural Resources Local Government
Packaging and paper products are 38 percent of all residential waste. Less than half of all packaging and paper waste generated by residents is recycled, and the rate of recycling has been on a declining trend since 2011. [Source: Eunomia, December 2021] In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Plastic Packaging Evaluation and Assessment law (Chapter 70A.520 RCW). The law directed the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to hire an independent third-party consultant team to study how plastic packaging is managed in Washington and assess various policy options to meet the goals of reducing plastic packaging waste. The law also directed the assessment to include industry initiative or plastic packaging product stewardship, or both.