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 (April 2022)

SWAC 2022 Work Plan

Meeting Minutes & Agendas - 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 360-867-2491 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.

Solid Waste Management Plan

To find out more about the process for the 5-year Solid Waste Management Plan, or to view the current plan click here.


The May Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually on Zoom Webinar and in person at Thurston County Public Works. This meeting is scheduled for May 4 at 10:00 a.m. There will be an opportunity for public comment. To attend this meeting please use the following information. Questions can be sent to

Virtual Option:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In Person Option:
Rainier Conference Room - Bldg. C
Thurston County Public Works
9605 Tilley Road S., Olympia, WA 98512

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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