This indicator tracks the efficiency of Washington's economy relative to waste generation, by comparing the pounds of solid waste generated to the state's gross domestic product (GDP). Comparing solid waste generated to GDP gives us a measure of "eco-efficiency" by showing how much waste we produce relative to the amount of economic activity.
This indicator tracks the lost market value of recyclable materials when they are disposed in landfills and incinerators instead of being recycled. The market value is calculated by applying commodity prices to estimates of recyclable material disposed.
This indicator tracks purchases made in Washington and measures the output of greenhouse gases related to product life cycles. The index shows how consumer purchasing patterns and habits affect climate change.
This indicator tracks the composition of disposed municipal solid waste in Washington, showing the estimated amounts of recyclable and non-recyclable materials going to landfills and incinerators. This indicator is based on available data from statewide waste characterization studies.