HB 1131 – Solid Waste Management

Bill brief
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Packaging and paper products are 38% 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. In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Plastic Packaging Evaluation and Assessment law (Chapter 70A.520 RCW), which directed the Washington State Department of 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 directed the assessment to include industry initiative or plastic packaging product stewardship, or both.