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A. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the definitions set forth in RCW 43.19A.010 shall apply unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

B. When planning government-funded projects or soliciting and reviewing bids for such projects, city departments shall identify whether compost can be utilized in such projects. In the event that compost can be utilized, city departments shall require use of compost in the city project except as otherwise provided by this section or applicable state law.

C. City departments shall plan for the use of compost in any of the following categories that are applicable to their operations and project types:

1. Landscaping projects;

2. Construction and postconstruction soil amendments;

3. Applications to prevent erosion, filter stormwater runoff, promote vegetative growth, or improve the stability and longevity of roadways; and

4. Low-impact development and green infrastructure to filter pollutants or to keep water on site or both.

D. Notwithstanding subsections (B) and (C) of this section, city departments are not required to use compost products if:

1. Compost products are not available within a reasonable time or distance from the project;

2. Compost products that are available do not comply with existing purchasing standards;

3. Compost products that are available do not comply with federal, state or local health, quality and safety standards; or

4. Compost purchase prices are not reasonable or competitive.

E. City departments shall give priority to purchasing compost products from companies that:

1. Produce compost products locally;

2. Are certified by a nationally recognized organization; and

3. Produce compost products that are derived from municipal solid waste compost programs and meet quality standards comparable to standards adopted by the Department of Transportation or adopted by rule by the Department of Ecology.

F. City departments that use compost shall report the following information to the finance department by each December 15th:

1. The volume and cost of compost purchased by the city department in that year; and

2. The source or sources of the compost purchased by the city department in that year.

G. The public works department is responsible for:

1. Providing technical assistance and education regarding the use of food and yard waste compost to city departments and staff;

2. Conducting educational outreach to inform residents and businesses about the value of food and yard waste compost and how the city uses compost in its operations each year; and

3. Reporting the total estimated tons of organic material diverted from the city’s waste stream because of compost use under this section.

H. By December 31, 2024, and each December 31st of even-numbered years thereafter, the city shall submit a report covering the previous year’s compost procurement activities to the Department of Ecology that contains the following information:

1. The total tons of organic material diverted throughout the year;

2. The volume and cost of compost purchased throughout the year; and

3. The source or sources of the compost.

I. Before the transportation or application of compost products under this section, the city shall ensure compliance with Department of Agriculture pest control regulations provided in Chapter 16-470 WAC. (Ord. 001/2023 § 1)