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Waste 2 Resources Program

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 and 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

Planning Resources

Example Documents


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.

Ecology Contacts

Central Regional Office:
1250 W. Adler St.
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009
Laura Kelly
laura.kelly@ecy.wa.gov, 509-575-2782
Eastern Regional Office:
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205-1295
Meagan Gilmore
meagan.gilmore@ecy.wa.gov, 509-329-3545
Southwest Regional Office:
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503
Greg Gachowsky
greg.gachowsky@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-6125
Northwest Regional Office:
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452
Diana Wadley (Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties)
dwad461@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7056
Vicki Colgan (King, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties)
vicki.colgan@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7224