Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Plan

The Plan

The Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan has been approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Plan was last approved November 2008. You may review the Plan by clicking here or at the Solid Waste Utility Administration office during normal business hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Solid Waste staff is in the process of finalizing the update of the solid and hazardous waste management plan. Meetings and open houses will be scheduled to explain the plan update to the public and copies of the draft will be made available here on the website, at our office, and local libraries, so citizens can offer public comment on the document. Anyone with questions about this process is invited to call 360-740-1452.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee, better known as the SWAC, has the task of making recommendations to the Plan, as well as assisting in the timely update of the Plan every five years. SWAC membership consists of citizens representing local government, businesses and the community. Meetings are held monthly in the large conference room of Lewis County Public Services, 2025 N.E. Kresky Avenue, Chehalis. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the Lewis County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, please call 360-740-1451 for more information.

Solid Waste

A portion of the Plan details the management of household and business refuse. The safe handling, transportation, and final disposal of these waste streams are discussed in detail. Other waste streams covered by the Plan include: yard waste, recyclable materials, and special waste.

Hazardous Waste

Chapter 6 of the Plan covers the management of hazardous waste generated by residents and small businesses in Lewis County. This chapter covers the collection and disposal of: leftover paint; household cleaners; lawn and garden chemicals and fertilizers; batteries; lights containing mercury; used oil and antifreeze; and hazardous waste generated by small businesses.

Chapter 6 has been revised by the staff of the Solid Waste Utility and members of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee. The Washington State Department of Ecology has reviewed and made comments on the revision. The Solid Waste Advisory Committee recommended that the Final Draft of Chapter 6 with comments be adopted by the cities of Lewis County, as well as the Lewis County Board of Commissioners.

You may view Chapter 6 as a PDF document by following this link: Chapter 6.