Ecology Rule Targets Transport, Handling of Recyclables

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has adopted a new rule affecting transporters of recyclable materials and recycling facilities. This rule implements Senate Bill 5788, passed by the 2005 Legislature.

The rule requires transporters of recyclable material to register with the agency, transport recyclable materials to material recovery facilities and locations where recycling occurs, and keep records of all activities for two years.

In addition, this new rule requires material recovery facilities and recycling facilities to notify Ecology 30 days before the facilities start operations.

This rule affects:

  • Business that transport recyclable materials.
  • Facilities that recycle solid waste.
  • Material recovery facilities.

The rule also sets penalties of up to $1,000 per violation for delivering recyclable material for disposal or not complying with the transporter registration requirements and recycling facility notification requirements.

The rule doesn't affect those facilities with current solid waste handling permits.