Solid Waste Management

Responsibilities


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

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.  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
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. 

Point Roberts Solid Waste Survey 

The Whatcom County Solid Waste Division is reviewing how solid waste is managed in Point Roberts, and has conducted a survey to ask community members about their thoughts on how things have been going. The community input will help ensure that solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal services are convenient, cost effective, and meet local needs. The survey results were presented to the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee on January 10, 2016 and are available below. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Point Roberts Survey Results