Washington State Biosolids Statute
In 1992, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) enacted a statute for the state biosolids program that included a declaration that biosolids are a valuable commodity and not a solid waste. It set the tone for biosolids management not just in the state of Washington but also as an example of what is achievable in creating a supportive state statute for biosolids. The law, RCW 70.95J, has remain unchanged for 28 years. Recently Ecology did make a slight change not to the content but to the code. RCW 70.95J is now RCW 70A.226 as part of a internal code update. You can view the complete RCW 70A here. For WA State Biosolids updates, you can join the listserve here.
Washington State Joins U.S. Plastics Pact
The Washington State Legislature has recently set a 2025 goal that "100% of plastic packaging sold in the state be recyclable, reusable, or compostable, and that all packaging - plastic or otherwise - contain at least 20% postconsumer recycled material." Washington joins other agencies across the country in the U.S. Plastics Pact to identify solutions around creating a circular economy for plastics. Read more here.
California Report on Food Waste Co-digestion
A recent report highlights the co-digestion capacity at wastewater treatment facilities across California, finding that at least half of the landfill bound food waste could be diverted and co-digested to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a renewable energy source.