Project Lead Stephanie Schwenger and Project Associate Chris Toman will both serve on the citizen-led committee for two years. The SWAC evaluates SPU’s waste and recycling policies and makes recommendations to SPU officials, the Seattle City Council, and other government agencies.
“Being a member of SWAC is a great opportunity to have a voice in Seattle’s waste and recycling efforts,” said Schwenger. “The City has ambitious waste diversion goals and I’m excited to use my experiences at Ecova to help them be successful.”
In addition to having a say in important policy decisions, membership on SWAC is a chance to learn more about the solid waste industry as a whole. “SWAC brings together different members of the industry―policy experts, consultants, haulers, and the public,” said Toman. “It’s an excellent place to stay abreast of emerging trends in the industry and it’s great that the city provides a forum where we can get everyone in one room to solve the problems we all deal with on a day-to-day basis.”
In 2014, the committee will be making recommendations on a number of important items, including statewide product stewardship legislation, a new food packaging ordinance aimed at reducing the contamination of Seattle’s compost and recycling streams, and proposals for the North Transfer Station rebuilding project. It promises to be a busy year!
To learn more about the Solid Waste Advisory Committee or about their work, visit their webpage here.