Solid Waste Advisory Committee

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Committee responsibilities

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee reviews all issues affecting Thurston County’s solid waste programs, and makes recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners. Among other things, the committee examines garbage operations and rates, curbside recycling services, the solid waste budget and public-information efforts. One of the committee’s most important tasks is to help craft a five-year "Solid Waste Comprehensive Management Plan" -- a blueprint for how Thurston County and cities manage garbage now and in the future.

Committee membership

The 14-member Solid Waste Advisory Committee is made up of elected officials, citizens, and industry representatives as illustrated below. Members are appointed by county commissioners and serve three-year terms. For a current list of members, please call Gabby Byrne at (360) 867-2284 or route an e-mail through


Meeting dates and locations

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the  Rainier room (main floor) of the county Public Works, Building C, 9605 Tilley Road S.

All meetings are open to the public, and meeting materials are routinely provided to citizens, reporters, businesspeople and others interested in tracking waste and recycling issues. Meetings are sometimes cancelled or rescheduled, so please call 867-2901 to verify the meeting date before you attend.

Letters to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee can be sent to Thurston County Public Works, 9605 Tilley Road S., Olympia, WA 98512.

Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail

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