LinkUp creates demand for recycled and reused materials, strives to develop the conditions for a thriving regional secondary material market, encourages investments in regional sorting and processing infrastructure, takes action to reduce the climate crisis and builds a King County where all people have equitable opportunities to prosper.
Current focus materials
Why these materials?
When prioritizing focus materials and projects, LinkUp considers these four questions:
- Is there a current or future market development opportunity?
- How does it help King County achieve zero waste of resources by 2030?
- Is there an ability to impact with available resources?
- How does it contribution to reduced carbon emissions?
- Transiting to a Circular Economy by 2050Download PDF 1.5 MB – Assesses how King County might facilitate a transition to the Circular Economy within the region by 2050.
- Washington Material ConciergeDownload PDF 2 MB – Offers an analysis of current business assistance for recycling markets in Washington State and a framework for how to improve the current offerings.
- Recycling Infrastructure in Washington StateDownload PDF 500 K – Maps out the current recycling infrastructure and offers information on the materials processed at each facility.
- 2020 Seattle & King County Paper Market AssessmentDownload PDF 1 MB
Previous focus areas:
- Asphalt shingles
- Container glass
- Expanded polystyrene
- Gypsum wallboard
- Washington State Department of Ecology Recycling Development Centerexternal link - facilitates research and development, marketing, and policy analysis to bolster recycling markets and processing in Washington.
- Washington State Department of Commerceexternal link – supports businesses by offering permitting and siting resources, access to grants and funding, and connections to network partners.
- Washington Economic Development Finance Authorityexternal link - takes advantage of a special kind of federal income tax incentive, which allows us to pass on some of the benefits of state governmental financing to private enterprise and (in some cases) local governments.
Stay in touch
Have questions about the LinkUp program? Contact Andy Smith contact info for Andy Smith – Program Manager