Kent City Councilmember Brenda Fincher. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Kent City Councilmember Brenda Fincher. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Kent’s Fincher part of statewide campaign to increase recycling

City Council member joins 2 Democratic legislators to introduce bill during 2023 session

Kent City Councilmember Brenda Fincher joined two state legislators and others at the Seattle Aquarium to help launch a new bill to eliminate unnecessary packaging and improve recycling.

Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, and Rep. Liz Berry, D-Seattle, will introduce a bill during the 2023 legislative session, which starts Jan. 9, to increase Washington recycling rates and incentivize companies to reduce packaging and switch remaining packaging to reusable, compostable, or recyclable alternatives.

“For too long, companies have put the responsibility of recycling and disposing of paper, plastic, and other packaging on the shoulders of individuals and local communities,” said Fincher, part of the Jan. 4 launch event. “The WRAP Act will help expand and improve recycling services for Washingtonians by ensuring that companies work with communities for cleaner, greener Washington.”

Each year, roughly 400 million tons of plastic waste is produced worldwide. Nearly half of all plastic produced is designed to be used just once and then thrown away. Washingtonians experience this problem first-hand with all of the single use packaging filling landfills, littering neighborhoods, shorelines, and parks, and harming wildlife, according to an Environment Washington news release.

“Washington has taken some great steps to reduce waste and improve recycling, but there is more work to be done,” Berry said. “The WRAP Act is a comprehensive plan that will help limit the amount of recyclable materials going to landfills and expand recycling services to more households. I am particularly excited about creating a beverage deposit system to greatly increase our ability to reach recycling, reuse and refill targets. I am proud to be the House champion for this truly landmark legislation for our state.”

The WRAP Act would use two complementary mechanisms to improve recycling and reduce waste, according to the Environment Washington news release:

• Establish a producer responsibility system, requiring the companies that actually make packaging decisions to be financially responsible for the end-of-life management of these materials, rather than those costs falling on Washington residents. This model has proven successful around the world, and similar programs have recently been established by state legislatures in California, Oregon, Colorado and Maine.

• Create a bottle deposit program, which has been shown to generate very high recycling rates for beverage containers.

The WRAP Act will also require a standardized list of what is recyclable in curbside bins statewide, eliminating a confusing web of municipalities accepting different materials.

In 2018, Fincher participated in another launch event at Seattle Aquarium for a state bill to ban plastic bags at grocery stores and retail outlets. The Legislature approved a single-use plastic bag ban in 2020 and carry-out plastic bags were prohibited starting in 2021.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Kent Police catch burglary suspect after pursuit, foot chase

Sunday morning, July 21 on East Hill; officer fires Taser to stop man from fleeing

t
Sheriff’s Office cuts school resource officers at Kentwood, Kentlake

Lack of staff causes change; district renews Kent Police officer contract at Kent-Meridian, Kentridge

t
Kent Police arrest woman in domestic violence case after 4-hour standoff

27-year-old woman reportedly attacked husband, father-in-law Monday, July 22

t
Kent man, 47, under investigation for vehicular assault on SR 509

Wrong-way driver in northbound lanes collided with two vehicles; 6 people injured in Burien crash

9th Congressional District Rep. Adam Smith, 8th Congressional District Rep. Kim Schrier, 1st Congressional District Rep. Suzan DelBene and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell are among Democrats from Washington state who support President Joe Biden’s decision to stop his re-election campaign. Courtesy photos
WA Democrat leaders ‘applaud’ Biden for dropping out of race

Smith, Schrier, DelBene and Cantwell released statements in support of President Biden’s Sunday decision to no longer seek re-election.

t
Gov. Inslee appoints Pat Sullivan to lead state budget office

Sullivan previously served as House District 47 state representative for Kent, Covington, Auburn

t
Kent Police seek man who reportedly tried to kidnap girl from apartment

Man allegedly reached into bathroom window to grab girl in attempted kidnapping

t
Kent Police arrest man, 18, in fatal shooting of 13-year-old boy

Judge finds probable cause to hold the Kent man for murder, attempted murder and robbery

The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle that handles juvenile detention. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
High-profile juvenile crimes continue to rock Kent this summer

Six incidents in five weeks include fatal shooting, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault

King County Correctional Facility in Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
Kent man charged with attempted kidnapping of 6-year-old girl

40-year-old man allegedly try to take girl from apartment complex parking lot

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Kent man receives 8-year sentence in 2021 fatal shooting

Pleaded guilty to lesser charge of manslaughter in shooting at apartment complex over parking dispute

Courtesy Photo, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Judge finds probable cause to hold Kent man for kidnapping girl

Man, 40, reportedly grabbed 6-year-old girl in East Hill apartment complex parking lot