Zero Waste Washington
Zero Waste Washington protects people and our natural world by advocating for products designed and produced to be healthy, safe, and continually recycled and reused. We are the public's voice for zero waste. We envision a just and sustainable world where society responsibly produces, consumes and recycles. Our multi-strategy approach includes: advocating policy changes at the local and state levels, engaging citizens in driving system changes, and implementing pilot projects.
816 Second Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
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Promote producer responsibility to address difficult to handle wastes, such as e-waste, unused medicines, paint, and mattresses. Producer responsibility is an approach in which manufacturers are responsible for the products they make from cradle-to-cradle, including providing for and paying for appropriate recycling or disposal.
Reduce plastics pollution in our waterways and compost, including microplastics. We seek to pass bans of one-use plastic bags and Styrofoam food serviceware and advocate for reduction or redesign of other plastics, including disposable plastic water bottles, microfibers (fleece), fruit/veggie stickers, and plastic tea bags.
Promote a culture of reuse, repair, repurpose and sharing at the community level so that there will be a norm shift that reduces the need to purchase products in the first place and provides access for all.
Get toxic chemicals out of our products, especially those that cause contamination at end of use. We want producers to use the fewest and least toxic chemicals in products (e.g., heavy metals in electronics, Teflon chemicals -- per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- in food serviceware which contaminates compost, and flame retardants in sofas).
Promote the redesign of products, especially excess packaging, as a significant waste prevention measure. Products designed with a cradle-to-cradle or circular economy approach conserves resources.
Help drive the market for recyclable and compostable feedstocks and approaches that will reduce contamination in the recycling and composting streams.
Promote innovation, especially for difficult items where policy or new techniques are needed. Examples include items that make up significant volumes in the landfill such as diapers, kitty litter, pet waste, and "flexible" packaging.