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Solid Waste Coordinator

Melissa Warner


Planning, Outreach & Education

55 E. Moore Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Closed Major Holidays

2015 Holiday Closure Schedule

January 1 – New Years Day

January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 16 – President's Day

May 25 – Memorial Day

July 3 – Independence Day Observance

September 7 – Labor Day

November 11 – Veteran's Day

November 26 – Thanksgiving Day

December 25 – Christmas Day

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 - February 9, 2015
  • Formal acceptance of Final SWMP by Ecology - February 18, 2015 


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.


SWAC Members

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


SWAC Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and a portion of each Agenda allows time for public comments.

Next Meeting:
Next meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2015. Meeting location is City of Walla Walla City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave., top floor.


2015 Agendas
2015 Minutes


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