Welcome to the Washington Organic Recycling Council

We are a membership organization dedicated to the support and promotion of all aspects of organic recycling.

Why is Organic Recycling so Important?

Organic materials comprise over half of the solid waste generated in Washington, including yard debris, wood materials, biosolids, food and food processing by-products, manure and agricultural residues, land clearing debris, used paper, and mixed municipal organic waste.

In the past, organic materials have been dumped in landfills or burned. These disposal methods can waste valuable resources and contribute to important environmental problems. Our members' contributions assist communities in reaching their recycling goals while producing valuable recycled products.

Everyone benefits when organic materials are recycled into products of value. These products improve the quality of landscape materials. They have a positive impact in our environment by improving soil and plant health, conserving water, reducing erosion, and reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides. They also replace other sources of wood for paper and fuel production.

We are excited about the many possibilities in organics recovery and processing, and hope you'll join us in promoting organic recycling as a very important component of sustainable community development.


Compost Booklet

A User's Guide to Compost booklet available in downloadable electronic pdf.  Compost Booklet

Annual Meeting Materials

If you missed the 2011, 2012 or 2013 WORC Annual Conferences — speaker presentations and other materials are available for download on the Annual Conference Past Presentation Page.

WORC Training Opportunities

Each year, WORC offers several training opportunities for compost facility operators and those involved in supporting the industry.  Learn more about WORC Training.

Research Survey

WORC surveys its members annually to determine their needs for research support.  Our 2008 Research Needs Guide is currently available for download here (PDF format).

Upcoming Events

Additional Information

US Composting Council, "A Watershed Manager's Guide to Organics: The Soil Water Connection", March 1997. Copies of this publication and other resources can be obtained through the Composting Council's website.

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Soils for Salmon

The Soils for Salmon project, begun by WORC in 1999, has spread awareness that the health of salmon and all our water resources depends on how we treat the soil, especially in developing urban and suburban areas. The project promotes "BMP's" (best management practices) for protecting native soil and restoring disturbed soils with compost. Learn more about soil, water, and current best practices regulations and specifications for builders, developers, designers, and homeowners at SoilsForSalmon.org.

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