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See the Whatcom County Code, Chapter 8.10, which covers this in detail. It can be found on the County’s website. In this section of the Code, the County Council has established service levels and rate structure principles. 8.10.040 of the Code states:
A. Certified haulers shall perform collection and hauling of garbage from single-family residences that request collection service in unincorporated portions of Whatcom County.
While the County Council has established the level of service as listed in Chapter 8.10, it states under Chapter 8.10.080 that “The Whatcom County council, pursuant to RCW 36.58.040, hereby notifies and requests the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to carry out and implement the policies and programs specified in this chapter and in the plan in coordination with certificated haulers and common carriers through the Commission’s rate setting and oversight authority.”
In other words, Whatcom County establishes certain service levels within unincorporated areas of the County, while the WUTC ensures that those services are rendered and the costs properly passed on to the rate payers.
The Whatcom County solid waste recycling and collection district was created (WCC 8.11) to make solid waste and recycling collection mandatory in Whatcom County. The recycling and collection district includes all unincorporated areas except the Diablo/Newhalem area of Whatcom County.
A G-Certificate is a certificate or license to legally haul garbage (the “G”) on a commercial basis. It is issued by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The WUTC has a specific application process which includes the submittal of documents, including financials, which are then verified and evaluated before granting a certificate, providing there is a franchise area available. The applicant must prove they are “fit, willing and able” to provide the service of hauling garbage. This process may take up to several months upon receipt of a complete application packet. For more information see the WUTC’s website.