Local Solid and Hazardous Waste Planning
County and City Plans
The comprehensive solid waste management plan
serves as a guiding document for a local government's
solid waste programs. It details and inventories all existing solid waste
handling facilities within a county (or city planning independently) and estimates long-range needs for
solid waste facilities projected over a 20-year period. The plan also provides detailed information on
recycling programs, waste reduction and reuse strategies and schedules for program implementation.
In 1988, local governments were required to plan for reducing small-volume hazardous materials and
wastes, or "moderate risk wastes." These plans are known as local hazardous waste management plans
have separate requirements from local comprehensive solid waste management plans. As cities and counties
implement and update their solid waste plans, some have chosen to combine the two plans or simultaneously
revise their local hazardous waste management plan.
The State Plan
The State is also required to have a solid and hazardous waste management plan.
Washington State's plan
promotes sustainable materials management and aims to
reduce wastes and toxic substances. The plan is the result of a collaborative effort among many stakeholders,
including local government, business, and non-profits. Regional planners and other Ecology staff are available
to assist jurisdictions to plan for and implement programs that advance the State Plan.
Funding for Local Plans
Ecology provides financial assistance to local governments to help fund the maintenance and implementation of
their solid and hazardous waste plans.
Visit the Coordinated Prevention Grant
page for more information.
Planning Requirements and Guidelines
- County and City Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plans
Requirements for local solid waste planning are found in
RCW 70.95.080 through
RCW 70.95.165 and 70.95.167. Also see
these two below documents.
- County and City Hazardous Waste Management Plans
Requirements for moderate risk waste planning are found in
RCW 70.105.220 through
70.150.230. Also see chapter
70.95I.020 RCW, Used Oil Recycling.
- Flow Control Ordinances
- Interlocal Agreements
- Resolutions of Adoption
- Service Level Ordinances
Throughout the planning process Ecology's regional planners can provide technical assistance on required planning elements,
and share information related to new and emerging solid waste management practices.
|Central Regional Office:
1250 W. Adler St.
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009
|Eastern Regional Office:
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205-1295
|Southwest Regional Office:
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503
|Northwest Regional Office:
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452
Diana Wadley (Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties)
Vicki Colgan (King, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties)