Solid Waste Planning
Planning for services and infrastructure to meet our waste management needs is critical to provide adequate and cost-effective programs to citizens and businesses throughout the county.
The City of Walla Walla plays a unique role in Walla Walla County as it is the owner/operator of the landfill which serves much of the county's population. Under an Interlocal agreement with the County, the City is the designated planning and outreach lead for solid waste programs.
Walla Walla County Solid Waste Management Plan
All counties and cities in Washington are required under Washington State law (RCW 70.95) to have a solid waste management plan that outlines how waste management needs are going to be met over a 20 year planning horizon. The plan takes into consideration such factors as population growth and types of industries producing waste that requires management.
Solid Waste Management Plan – Update
Walla Walla County and the incorporated jurisdictions have chosen to meet their waste planning requirement by participating in a joint Walla Walla County Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The final preliminary review draft has now been submitted to the Department of Ecology for review. Ecology's review will take up to 120 days and then the Plan will be finalized for submittal to local jurisdictions for adoption. We will post timeline updates here as available.
- Final Preliminary Review Draft SWMP submitted to Ecology - August 18, 2014
- Ecology's review of Draft SWMP finished - September 10, 2014
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee review of Ecology comments - October 15, 2014
- SEPA Determination of Non-Significance comment period - ends October 31, 2014
- Final SWMP submitted to jurisdictions for adoption - November 2014 to January 2015
- Final SWMP presented to Ecology - TBA
- Formal acceptance of Final SWMP by Ecology - TBA
Complete 'Local Adoption' Draft Plan PDF is available HERE
Solid Waste Advisory Committee
The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is comprised of 11 members representing local governments, stakeholder industries and groups, and citizens of Walla Walla County. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to three-year terms. RCW 70.95 also requires each county to establish a SWAC.
The SWAC's purpose is to evaluate the waste management needs of the entire county and work with staff to develop and update the Solid Waste Management Plan.
Dr. Harvey Crowder: representing Walla Walla County
Paul Hartwig: representing City of College Place, Chair
Mary Lou Jenkins: representing City of Walla Walla
Randy Hinchliffe: representing City of Waitsburg
Chuck Kimzey: representing City of Prescott
Darrick Dietrich: representing Waste/Recycling Industry, Vice Chair
Mike Potter: representing Agricultural Industry
Ted Koehler: representing Business & Industry
Sandy Shelin: representing Environmental Interest Groups
RL McFarland: representing WW County Residents
Mary Lou Yocum: representing City of WW Residents
Meetings are open to the public and a portion of each Agenda allows for public comments.
Next meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 2015 after the Plan has been adopted and the Final Draft has been submitted to Ecology.