How This Win Happened!

In 2006, Zero Waste Washington and our partners successfully advocated to pass one of the strongest electronics recycling laws in the country.  Now, there’s E-Cycle Washington!  This landmark recycling law was the result of a strong collaborative effort.  

The law was one of the environmental community’s 2006 legislative priorities.  Zero Waste Washington, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters worked with Hewlett Packard, Washington Retail Association, local government representatives and others to develop and advocate for the legislation.

The successful law and recycling program took many years of work.  Here are some highlights of Zero Waste Washington’s efforts:

  • 2003 – Zero Waste Washington released our “Citizen’s Guide to Producer Responsibility.”
  • 2003 – Helped draft and advocate for a producer responsibility bill for electronics. The bill received a hearing but didn’t move any further.
  • 2004 – Played leadership role in passing an electronics “study bill.”
  • 2004 & 2005 – Participated on the electronics advisory committee.  Department of Ecology incorporated a producer responsibility approach into their report and recommendations to the legislature.
  • 2006 – Landmark producer responsibility law passed!
  • 2006 & 2007 – Participated on advisory group to develop rules to implement the law and create strong recycling standards.
  • 2007 – Organized for strong recycling standards: 20 environmental groups and over 500 individuals signed onto letters, attended a hearing, or sent emails.
  • 2009 – E-Cycle Washington successfully launched by electronics producers.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 August 2010 13:05)