Welcome to the Washington Organic Recycling Council
WORC supports – via education, research, and advocacy – public and private efforts to reclaim, reuse, and recycle organic materials, process organic materials in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner, and promote beneficial end uses.
As leaders in the field of organics reclamation and transformation, WORC and its members are helping create a sustainable future for Washington.
Why is Organic Recycling so Important?
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. They have a positive impact on our environment by improving soil and plant health, conserving water, reducing and cleaning stormwater runoff, reducing erosion, and reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides. They also replace other natural resources for paper, products, and fuel production.
Returning to the Soil, Harvests from the Earth
There are many beneficial products and uses for organic materials. Closing the loop by composting, digesting, or mulching organics is an essential use, to restore and maintain Washington’s soils – the foundation of our success.
We are excited about the many possibilities in organics recovery and processing, and hope you'll join us in promoting organic recycling as an important component of sustainable community development.
How You Can Get Involved!
Volunteers are the heart of WORC!
You have great ideas to share.
We hope you will consider spending some time volunteering and sharing your expertise.
By serving on a committee or task force you will help guide WORC's future.
WORC’s August 21 Educational Program now has even more to offer!
We’ve added a new speaker to the line-up of our training event on Friday, August 21. Mike Willett, Vice President for Scientific Affairs, Northwest Horticultural Council, will join us to discuss the apple maggot quarantine and the potential implications to apple growers in moving host material infested with apple maggot into the quarantine area. Mike will also address trade implications, expectations of trading partners, validation of quarantine pest mitigation measures, and the next steps in risk assessment and risk mitigation.