Solid Waste Advisory Committee


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • The 4th Thursday in January, April, July, and October
  • Civic Center Annex
    322 N Commercial Street
    Garden Level 1st Floor
    Bellingham, WA 98225
  • See the Solid Waste Management webpage for agenda and meeting minutes for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Solid Waste Executive Committee.


The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) has 11 members: 9 Council-appointed members and 3 designees from the County and cities.

  • Mark Peterson - Chair, Public Interest Group
  • Ed Nikula - Vice-Chair, Citizen
  • Eric Johnston, City of Bellingham
  • Barbara Brenner, County Council
  • Greg Young, Small Cities 
  • Lisa Friend, Citizen
  • Robert Hendricks, Public Interest Group
  • Amber Jones, Business/Industry 
  • Kevin Moore, Waste Recycling Industry
  • Larry McCarter, Solid Waste Disposal Facility
  • Troy Lautenbach, Waste Collection Industry
  • Vacant, Agriculture



Term Limit

  • 2 full terms
    • 1 year separation required after 2 terms

Term Length

  • 3 years


The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is comprised of a county-wide 11-member group of citizens, public interest groups, business, the waste management and recycling industries and local elected public officials (or their designees). The SWAC provides for coordination and information exchange between the groups about solid waste issues as well as providing ongoing public input and advice to Whatcom County on solid waste management issues. The meetings are open to the public. 


  • Whatcom County Code 2.78.050

Additional Information