I would like to see the state invest in recycling machines, like most states do. You put a 5 cents tax on all cans and bottles, and give the public a chance to redeem it. Many people will take advantage of the machines, but a large percentage will not; and the state can put that non-redeemed money in the state fund
Support new research on recycling, re-use, renewable energy. Stipulate that future earnings and patent related revenue should go back to the state's budget. Invest in our future.
Reward recycling by citizens with a corresponding reduction or credit in tax (property). It is simple enough to request receipts for recycling pickup (by weight) and to collect and turn these in each year for a credit to property tax. Considering the amount of municipal waste generated by citizens, this would go a long way toward not only reducing long-term waste management and disposal needs (and funding!) but contribute ...more »
Mandate a percentage of source reduction and recycling for all industrial and commercial businesses; reward those who demonstrate increased activity in both and fine those who do not. The savings (and benefits) of forcing "green" behavior of corporations in Washington State had long-reaching ramifications that include reduction of production costs, disposal costs, as well as benefiting all aspects of the local environment. ...more »