Here are newsletters, brochures, press releases, and other documents written by Zero Waste Washington


Zero Waste Washington newsletters provide updates on our community projects, legislative campaigns, producer responsibility, and recycling.

Annual Highlights

Annual highlights provide a snapshot of Zero Waste Washington’s successes and efforts over the years. Highlights for: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

PFAs in Compost

Evaluating Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Composts with Compostable Food Serviceware Products in their Feedstocks (January 2018): A study of PFAs in compost samples from across the US. March 2018.

Producer Responsibility

Poster and guide: A guide that explains producer responsibility concepts and benefits. When unfolded, this becomes a poster.


  • Zero Waste Washington’s research paper on trip assessment for drop-off recycling of electronics in the Puget Sound area based on Zero Waste Washington’s original research. (2016) View or download the PDF here.
  • Citizen’s Guide to Producer Responsibility: This brochure tells the story of electronic waste – with and without producer responsibility.
  • Electronics survey: In 2002, Zero Waste Washington commissioned a survey of King County residents that addressed electronic waste and recycling.

Unwanted Medicines

  • Guide for Health Care Professionals: There are many ways to work towards preventing pharmaceutical compounds from entering the environment. You can read Zero Waste Washington’s brochure for health care professionals, which contains specific suggestions of what can be done.
  • Unwanted Medicine Survey: Zero Waste Washington commissioned a 2006 survey of King County residents to gain a greater understanding of disposal practices and other issues related to unused or expired medicines. You can look at the summary of the survey or the full results.

Fluorescent Lights

How to Find Environmentally Preferable Lighting: We can all make choices to purchase lights that last longer, save energy, and contain less (or no) mercury. Read this brochure (2009) to learn more about greener lighting alternatives.

Rechargeable Batteries

Program evaluation: The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation offers a manufacturer-funded program for collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Zero Waste Washington used a “secret shopper” approach to evaluate RBRC’s in-store program.