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.
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Past member? Use the login form's "forgot your username", give it your e-mail address then use the "forgot your password" button with that username to get a new password. Once you're logged in you can renew from the profile page.
Membership renewal season starts at the end of November.
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.
WSRA Scholarship Opportunity: Each year the Washington State Recycling Association invites students interested in the recycling industry to apply for scholarships to attend its annual conference as a part of its Student Guest Program. The scholarships provide an outstanding opportunity for future leaders in the industry to network with WSRA members and industry professionals, expand their knowledge of recycling and waste reduction, and prepare themselves for a career in a rewarding and innovative field. Students can find out more on WSRA’s website and can also apply online. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday, February 29.
Awards at Our Annual Conference
During our Annual Conference in Wenatchee, WORC President Dan Corum presented our annual awards to the following organizations and individuals. Our congratulations to all!
Composter of the Year: Royal Organic Products
Excellence in Education and Outreach: Washington State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit
Innovation in Organics: Impact Bioenergy
Outstanding Leadership in the Promotion and Use of Composting: Sandy Salisbury
Excellence in Education & Outreach: Washington Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss
The Organics Contamination Reduction Workgroup
At the 2015 WSRA conference many attendees signed up to participate in an organics contamination reduction session. In the process, many of these people also signed up to participate in a series of meetings to brainstorm ways to reduce contamination in collected organics.