WSDA and Special Permit for Transport or Organics from Quarantine to Pest-Free Areas for Apple Maggots
The WSDA issued a CR-103 Emergency Rulemaking notice on May 22, 2015 that establishes a special permit to allow transportation and distribution of yard debris, agricultural organic materials and other organic feedstocks for disposal at solid waste landfills or treatment at composting facilities in the apple maggot pest-free areas from areas in the state under quarantine.
WSDA has initiated facility inspections and field monitoring of adult apple maggot flies and is trapping at each compost facility in pest–free areas that accept feedstock from quarantine areas. Traps are hung on trees, along fence lines and on stakes. Additional trapping will occur between each facility and the nearest commercial tree fruit operation.
Questions which WORC has posed to WSDA with how this special permit will work are:
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.