2014 Spokane County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
Under Washington state law (Chapter 70.95 RCW), each county, in cooperation with cities located within, is required to prepare a coordinated, comprehensive solid waste management plan. Municipalities within the county are required to participate in the plan or develop their own. Solid waste plans provide long-term, environmentally-sound solid waste management guidelines. Solid waste plans in Washington State are required to be reviewed every five years and updated or revised as necessary. The 2009 Spokane County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (2009 Plan) currently guides the solid waste decisions and activities of the county and participating municipalities.
Preliminary Draft 2015 Update Plan (Spokane County Solid Waste and Moderate Risk Waste Management Plan, Preliminary Draft. SCS Engineers. Oct 2014.)
In 2014, as required, Spokane County reviewed and updated the 2009 Plan. Once adopted, this preliminary draft solid waste management plan (2015 Plan) will guide Spokane County with regards to solid waste disposal for the next 20 years. The revised plan was developed using extensive public process, recommendations from regional cities, recommendations from the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), and guidance provided by Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).
The preliminary draft of the 2015 Plan is currently being reviewed as required by Ecology. After Ecology’s review is complete, comments will be addressed and incorporated and the preliminary plan will become a draft plan. The draft plan will go through the process to be adopted by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners and each city/town jurisdiction included in the new interlocal agreement. Once this draft plan is adopted, it will become the new guide to the solid waste decisions and activities of the county, including each of the regional cities and jurisdictions participating within the interlocal agreement.