In a partnership between Clallam County Public Works and WSU Clallam County Extension, a waste reduction program to encourage the conservation of natural resources through reduction, recycling and reuse of recovered materials was initiated in 2014. This program works with local governments, public and private organizations to provide education, research and development and coordination of residential and commercial recycling and source reduction of a variety of materials.
Hazardous Waste, safe disposal
Links on the safe disposal of hazardous waste in Clallam County can be found on the Clallam County Environmental Health Services webpage.
Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS)
When asphalt shingles are removed during re-roofing, landfilling doesn’t need to be their destination. Shingles are being processed into a ground product and successfully recycled in other states for road applications such as hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavement.
In Spring 2014, Clallam County researched and published a 2014 RAS Feasibility Report regarding recycling of asphalt shingles in its jurisdiction. Local and regional stakeholders convened at the July 2014 Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting to identify what barriers need to be addressed and the steps that need to be taken to advance asphalt shingle recycling and use of recycled asphalt shingles in paving. SWAC established a RAS subcommittee to continue this research. Clallam County is also partnering with North Peninsula Builders Association on promotion of recycling of RAS and other Construction & Demolition debris.
Clallam County is home to a number of advanced composites manufacturing companies that provide manufactured parts to the aerospace and marine industries as well as Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing-Composites Technology Program. Composite industry waste is a valuable commodity with exciting recycling potential. The Composite Recycling Technology Center, a joint project of the Port of Port Angeles, Peninsula College, City of Port Angeles, and Clallam County, aims to provide local opportunities for education and innovation of commercially competitive recycling of composite waste into feedstock for new products.