Solid Waste Advisory Committee

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What is the SWAC?

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is made up of elected officials, citizens and industry representatives, appointed by the County Commissioners. Their role is to review all issues affecting Thurston County’s solid waste programs, and to make recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners. This committee leads the development of a five-year “Solid Waste Comprehensive Management Plan” to help guide how Thurston County and cities manage waste now, and into the future.

Committee membership

The 15-member Solid Waste Advisory Committee is made up of elected officials, citizens, and industry representatives. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve three-year terms -- appointments serve at the discretion of the Commissioners. The current member list can be downloaded from this link.

Links of Interest

SWAC By-laws (Oct 2017)

SWAC 2019 Work Plan

Meeting Minutes - by Year






Meeting dates and locations

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee meets first Wednesday of every month, starting in January, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. These meetings are open to the public, and meeting materials are provided to citizens, reporters, businesspeople, and others upon request. Meetings are sometimes cancelled or rescheduled, so please call 867-2279 to verify the meeting before attending.

Persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations at meetings should call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at 360-867-2270. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388.

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee will not meet in December. The next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. There will be an opportunity for public comment. Registration details to come.
Questions can be sent to

Solid Waste Management Plan

The current plan can be downloaded or viewed at this link.

An updated 2020 Final Draft Thurston County Solid Waste Management Plan is available for review & comment here.

Contact us

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

For more information, please call  (360) 867-2279 or route an e-mail through

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