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Developing Priorities in Recycling Markets

Publication number Date Published
23-07-024July 2023
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Author(s) Lars Borson-Paine, Sylvaine Bucher, Kristine Jones, and Becca Walker, graduate students at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Description The Washington Recycling Development Center (RDC) is a collaboration of the Washington Departments of Ecology and Commerce with guidance from a 14-member advisory board. The RDC is directed by state law to bolster recycling markets in Washington State.1 As a relatively small and recently formed (2019) program, the RDC is working to establish methods to prioritize staff time and resources. To help shape its approach to prioritization, the RDC contracted with the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance Student Consulting Lab (Evans School) for this study. Evans School consultants aimed to answer the following research questions:
-- What are effective ways for the RDC to use quantitative metrics and qualitative factors
to inform its operations, priorities, and decision-making for market development?
-- What experiences of other organizations could inform the RDC’s investments?
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Keywords economic development, recycle, economic, economic analysis, recycling, Evans School