Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan

Solid waste management activities in Clark County aim to protect and preserve human health, environmental quality, and natural resources through efficient and cost-effective programs and services. The Solid Waste Management Plan outlines the current regional system as well as projections and program goals for the next 20 years. 

The currently adopted Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology in September 2015. The plan provides a guide for solid waste activities in Clark County including information on all existing and proposed solid waste handling facilities, a comprehensive waste reduction education and outreach program, and the county’s moderate risk management plan.

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Plan update process

Plan revisions are underway for an anticipated approval and adoption in 2025. As part of the update, the Clark County Solid Waste program is working to streamline information for a more comprehensive plan by incorporating the Clark County Contamination Reduction Outreach and Education Plan, Equity Plan, and Moderate Hazardous Waste Management Plan.

Community input

The planning process follows the Department of Ecology's Guidelines for Development of Local Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plans and Plan Revisions as well as incorporating input and review from the following groups:

  • Solid Waste Advisory Commission (SWAC): A group mandated by the Department of Ecology which represents interests of businesses, public interest groups, and the community. 
  • Regional Solid Waste System Steering Committee (RSWSSC): A committee comprised of the Public Works directors or their designees from the cities and town within Clark County as well as the Public Health Director for Clark County.

Public comment

The process for revisions includes a period for public comment. The official public comment period is anticipated to begin in April 2024.