Washington State Department of Ecology
Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations. We balance the resource demands of today’s growing population and economy, preventing and cleaning up polluted places, and planning for future generations of people, fish, and wildlife. The employees in our environmental programs exhibit leadership in scientific research, creative problem-solving, complex project management, and innovative partnerships.
You can shape environmental decisions that impact your community. Visit our website for a schedule of upcoming public comment periods, hearings, meetings, workshops, and open houses in your community. Find links on how to report a spill or air quality issue and get household tips for cleaner land, air, and water. Find information on recycling. Explore employment and volunteer opportunities. Request a guest speaker.
Programs and Resources
Ecology provides a range of programs, tools, and resources.
- Washington Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps program for young adults that creates future leaders through community involvement and mentorship.
- Ecology Youth Corps hires teens and young adults to pick up litter on our state’s roads and highways.
- 1-800-Recycle is both a hotline and an online tool connecting you or your business to recycling services for a wide variety of items.
- E-Cycle Washington is a free program for Washington residents to recycle their broken or obsolete electronics at recycling locations across the state.
- Our BEACH Program monitors the safety of saltwater swimming beaches, provides tips on keeping beaches clean and safe, and posts closures and advisories with our map-based application.