Executive director, Zero Waste Washington
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Heather has more than 25 years of experience in environmental work ranging from zero waste to toxic chemicals and habitat issues. At Zero Waste Washington, her focus has been on reducing upstream sources of waste and addressing downstream impacts, getting toxic chemicals out of products, eliminating plastic pollution, and building on the organization’s signature producer-responsibility policy initiatives. Previously, at Futurewise, she worked to prevent runoff from entering our waterways and improve shoreline management practices and policies. Heather was at People for Puget Sound for more than 10 years, where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Earlier she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council and worked for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on water-quality standards.
Our Plastic Planet
The recently defeated Washington Recycling and Packaging Act sought to address the problem of plastic pollution; requiring companies to be responsible for the end-of-life management of packaging, set minimum recycled content requirements and ban some packaging. It failed to advance, so the question remains: what can we do to tackle the massive plastic problem here at home and all over the world?
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