Solid Waste Management

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Garbage & RecyclingThe Whatcom County Solid Waste Department is responsible for:

  • Economically efficient recycling and disposal systems
  • Hazardous waste education and disposal opportunities
  • Litter control
  • Monitoring of the county's closed landfills
  • Waste prevention

Whatcom County Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Whatcom County's Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) assists with developing program and policies related to solid waste handling and disposal. Find more information about meetings, membership, and agendas on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee page.

Whatcom County Solid Waste Executive Committee (SWEC)

The Solid Waste Executive Committee (SWEC) was established in 1991 by interlocal agreements between the county and cities, and members are the County Executive and the Mayor of each city.  SWEC meets at least once a year to review, comment and approve solid waste budgets, plans, policies and operations. Find more information about meetings, membership, and agendas on the Solid Waste Executive Committee page.


Funding for the Solid Waste Division is provided by the collection of excise tax on garbage hauled by certificated haulers, as well as by various Department of Ecology grants.

2016 Waste Management Plan

Point Roberts Solid Waste Management Project

On May 10, 2016 county staff attended the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) meeting, and inquired as to how they could best work with the community to conduct a review to ensure that waste management needs were being met.  As a result of this two year process, recommendations regarding service delivery have been developed, and relevant informational documents are provided below:

WUTC Commission Meeting
Point Roberts Survey Results 
Point Roberts Solid Waste FAQ
Point Roberts Solid Waste Update
2010 Washington Utilities Transportation (WUTC) Final Order
Proposed Amendments to Ordinance
Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) Minutes
All Point Bulletin Project Coverage
Cando 2017 Financial Report
Cando Washington Utilities Transportation Commission (WUTC) Tariff