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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
April Leigh, Education & Outreach Coordinator III, (360) 490-9594 or april.leigh@co.thurston.wa.us 

Solid Waste Management Plan Draft Open for Comments
The public comment period is open September1-30, 2020

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is seeking public comment on the draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). Developed with guidance from the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), the SWMP recommends strategies to manage solid waste generated in the county over the next six to 20 years. 

“This plan addresses key upgrades needed in our solid waste facilities, and provides a recycling and waste reduction roadmap for our growing population,” said Jim Cooper, City of Olympia Councilmember and SWAC Chair.

The SWMP is a collaborative effort of participating cities, industry representatives, and the county to provide citizens with efficient, reliable, and affordable solid waste collection, handling, recycling, and disposal services. The intent is to improve the quality of life while protecting and preserving human health, environmental quality, and natural resources.

The plan focuses on waste prevention, reduction, recycling, and system enhancements including facility upgrades at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC), the Rainier and Rochester Drop-Boxes, and the closed Hawks Prairie Landfill.

“In addition to facilities upgrades and efficiency improvements, the goals outlined in the plan incorporate sustainability concepts, principals of equity and social justice, life cycle product stewardship, climate change, and consumption and disposal choices,” said Joan Cathey, Tumwater Mayor Pro-Tem and SWAC Vice-Chair.

Public Works will accept public comments on the draft plan September 1-30, 2020. A copy of the draft plan and a digital comment form are available online. There are also two opportunities for the public to participate in an educational online open house about the plan, from 6-7 p.m. on September 14, 2020 and September 17, 2020. Find the draft plan, make comments, and find information about attending an online open house at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/swac/SWMP.htm 

Hard copies of the plan may be obtained by visiting the Thurston County Public Works Office at 9605 Tilley Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512 during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Comments will also be accepted by mail or in person at Thurston County Public Works, Attention: April Leigh, 9605 Tilley Road SW, Suite C, Olympia, WA 98512. 


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3