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.
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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.