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
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 SWMP was finalized in late 2014 and adopted by all plan partners; final approval of the SWMP by the Department of Ecology was received in February 2015.
Complete Draft of the 2014 Walla Walla County Solid Waste Management Plan is available HERE
(This is a large document of 24MB)
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.
We are currently seeking applicants for the representation of the Agricultural and Business industries. Please contact the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners for an application form. First review of applications is February 5.
Dr. Harvey Crowder: representing Walla Walla County
Paul Hartwig: representing City of College Place, Chair
Steve Moss: 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
Vacant: representing Agricultural Industry
Vacant: 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 time for public comments.
Next meeting is scheduled for May 12, 2016 at 4:45 p.m.. Meeting location is City of Walla Walla City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave., top floor.