Solid Waste Management


The Whatcom County Solid Waste Department is responsible for:
  • Economically efficient recycling and disposal systems
  • Hazardous waste education and disposal opportunities
  • Litter control
  • Monitoring of the county's closed landfills
  • Waste prevention
Garbage & Recycling

Point Roberts Solid Waste Management Project

On May 10, 2016 county staff attended the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) meeting, and inquired as to how they could best work with the community to conduct a review to ensure that waste management needs were being met.  As a result of this two year process, recommendations regarding service delivery have been developed, and relevant informational documents are provided below:

WUTC Commission Meeting
Point Roberts Survey Results 
Point Roberts Solid Waste FAQ
Point Roberts Solid Waste Update
2010 Washington Utilities Transportation (WUTC) Final Order
Proposed Amendments to Ordinance
Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) Minutes
All Point Bulletin Project Coverage
Cando 2017 Financial Report
Cando Washington Utilities Transportation Commission (WUTC) Tariff

Whatcom County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)

In accordance with RCW 70.95.165, Whatcom County has established a local solid waste advisory committee to assist in the development of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal, and to review and comment upon proposed rules, policies, or ordinances prior to their adoption.  The committee meets on the 4th Thursday of the 1st of the month of each quarter, or as indicated on the agenda packet prepared one week before the meeting.  The committee consists of a minimum of nine members representing a balance of interests including, but not limited to citizens, public interest groups, business, the waste management industry, and local elected public officials.

Check back here for agenda, minutes and location for the next meeting.

  1. SWAC Agendas
  2. SWAC Meeting Minutes

Whatcom County Solid Waste Executive Committee (SWEC)

The Solid Waste Executive Committee (SWEC) was established in 1991 by interlocal agreements between the county and cities, and members are the County Executive and the Mayor of each city.  SWEC meets at least once a year to review, comment and approve solid waste budgets, plans, policies and operations.

  1. Agendas
  2. Minutes
Funding for the Solid Waste Division is provided by the collection of excise tax on garbage hauled by certificated haulers, as well as by various Department of Ecology grants.

Updating the Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Plan
Whatcom County is starting the process of updating the Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan. Watch this space for information/updates on this project. The current plan is available online. 

2016 Waste Management Plan Update

Waste Management Plan 2008