Division of Ecology Information Launch – Nov. 24, 2021
Faculties now have extra time to use for funding for sustainability tasks by the Division of Ecology’s “Waste Not Washington” School Award program. Ecology has prolonged the appliance deadline to Dec. 17, 2022. This system affords awards as much as $5,000 to colleges, non-profits, and native jurisdictions to assist pay for tasks supposed to scale back waste, improve recycling, or present college students a waste discount curriculum. This system might help pay for varsity compliance with waste discount legal guidelines which can be efficient beginning in January 2022. Normal waste discount tasks are additionally eligible for funding.
Faculties may have extra funding beginning in 2022 when the Single-Use Serviceware Law takes impact. The legislation prohibits eating places and different meals suppliers – together with college and institutional cafeterias – from routinely distributing single-use serviceware and bundled utensils.
Laurie Davies oversees Ecology’s Stable Waste Administration program and is a former college board member who encourages faculties to reap the benefits of this funding alternative. “Investing now in sturdy trays, serviceware, and different meals service merchandise – and wash stations to scrub them – is a brilliant concept as these legal guidelines grow to be efficient over the subsequent few years.”
New legal guidelines impact single-use meals service gadgets in faculties
Ecology will implement the Single-Use Serviceware Law on Jan. 1, 2022. The legislation prohibits meals suppliers from routinely together with single-use meals serviceware akin to straws, utensils, chilly drink lids, and condiment packets with meals orders. The legislation additionally prohibits handing out bundled packages of a number of utensils. The legislation requires prospects to request these things, point out they need an merchandise when requested, or self-select gadgets at a sanitary self-serve station.
In June 2024, Washington’s ban on expanded polystyrene takes impact and distribution of the froth materials is prohibited throughout the state. Faculties and different food-service suppliers will now not have the ability to use or distribute expanded polystyrene of their cafeterias, to-go operations, or elsewhere. Examples of lunchroom gadgets comprised of expanded polystyrene embody trays, cups, bowls, plates, and to-go containers.
Addressing the plastic downside
Plastic air pollution is pervasive in Washington, and poses a risk to human well being, wildlife, and the surroundings. Many plastic merchandise are additionally tough to recycle. The Washington Legislature has centered on addressing plastics since 2019 when it handed a law banning single-use plastic bags and funded a plastics study.
The serviceware legislation and the expanded polystyrene ban had been a part of a package of new legislation handed in 2021 to scale back using single-use plastics and improve recycled content material in bottles and trash luggage.
Go to Ecology’s website for extra info.