Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)

The Douglas County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), mandated under RCW 70.95.165, is an on-going committee. Initially established to help prepare a solid waste management plan, the law defines duties that are much broader, "to assist in the development of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal and to review and comment upon proposed rules, policies or ordinances prior to their adoption". Each SWAC must have a minimum of nine members, representing a balance of interests including, but not limited to, citizens, public interest groups, business, the waste management industry, and local elected public officials. The SWAC is an advisory committee only. It makes recommendations to the participating jurisdictions, which will then make final decisions after considering those recommendations and other available information.

The SWAC is the focal point of the public involvement effort used in the development of the Douglas County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (DCCSWMP). The SWAC membership includes representatives from the participating jurisdictions, agriculture, business and industry, organic, public health and safety, the waste industry, and waste reduction and recycling. The primary responsibilities of the SWAC with regard to the DCCSWMP are to provide technical advice on the DCCSWMP development and to assist in the DCCSWMP adoption process. The SWAC will be participating in DCCSWMP preparation by:

  • defining goals of the DCCSWMP,
  • reviewing draft chapters,
  • providing input and comment on all issues covered by the DCCSWMP,
  • acting as a liaison to their constituencies,
  • assisting in the public involvement process,
  • participating in public meetings,
  • facilitating the public review process,
  • reviewing the preliminary draft, draft and final draft of the DCCSWMP,
  • recommending the DCCSWMP for adoption by the participating jurisdictions.

The Douglas County SWAC and the Solid Waste Council meet quarterly at the Douglas County Public Services Building, 140 19th St. N.W., E. Wenatchee. The meetings are scheduled for 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November.

To obtain a copy of the SWAC and SWC meeting summaries, call Countywide Solid Waste at 509-886-0899, or email bpiepel@co.douglas.wa.us.

Douglas County Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Official Members

E-mail Address

Representing

Kyle Steinburg

ksteinburg@co.douglas.wa.us

Douglas County

Janet Conklin MayorConklin@nwi.net

City of Bridgeport

Chuck Johnson

dbarnard@east-wenatchee.com

City of East Wenatchee

Randy Agnew

rockisland@nwi.net

City of Rock Island

Tom Snell

mansfield@nwi.net

Town of Mansfield

Royal DeVaney

waterville@nwi.net

Town of Waterville

William Carpenter

will.carpenter@co.chelan.wa.us

Agriculture

Vacant

Business and Industry

Vacant

Organics

David Prosch

david.prosch@cdhd.wa.gov

Public Health & Safety

Aaron Kelly

akelly@wm.com

Waste Industry

Eileen Bone

jimehb@nwi.net

Waste Reduction & Recycling

 

Douglas County Solid Waste Council

 

 

 

Kyle Steinburg

Douglas County

Chair

 

Randy Agnew

City of Rock Island

 

 

Janet Conklin

City of Bridgeport

 

 

Chuck Johnson

City of East Wenatchee

 

 

Tom Snell

Town of Mansfield

 

 

Royal DeVaney

Town of Waterville

 

Many issues which come before the SWAC and Solid Waste Council will require recommendations beyond the expertise of the standing SWAC members. Therefore, the SWAC has created Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) to review and research specific issues that come before them. Specific TACs have been established for agriculture, business and industry, organics, public health and safety and waste reduction and recycling. Each TAC is represented by an appointed technical representative on the SWAC and is an integral part of the SWAC structure. Each TAC shall consist of a minimum of two members, one being the specific technical representative appointed, who serves as the TAC Chair, and at least one other person with specific expertise related to the issue. TACs shall carry out the review of an assigned issue and shall also initiate research, scoping, consultation, compliance and regulatory review when necessary.

TACs are to review and research the solid and hazardous waste issues referred to them by the SWAC. The TACs are to look at the issue solely on its technical merit and feasibility, and to gather all support information necessary to make a recommendation to the SWAC. It is not the responsibility of the TAC to look at the issue in terms of its political support, public acceptance or for the purpose of reflecting their own personal opinion. The purpose of TACs are to review and research the issue to determine the who, what, where, when, how and why, so that the SWAC and SWC can be informed and a factual recommendation can be made to the participating jurisdictions. TAC findings and/or recommendations shall be reported to the total SWAC. It will be the responsibility of SWAC to accept, modify or reject the findings and/or recommendations of the TACs. The following TAC memberships were formed to assist with the development of the Douglas County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.

Douglas County SWAC Technical Advisory Committees (TAC)
Agriculture

 

William Carpenter

Chelan-Douglas Pest Board

Chair

 

Mike Schell

USDA APHIS

 

 

Paul Kohrs

WSDA Animal Services

 

 

Mike Klaus

WSDA Plant Services

 

Peter Severtson Department of Ecology
Mike Bush WSU Horticulturists
Dale Whaley WSU Noxious Weeds

 

David Granatstein WSU Tree Fruit Research

 

 

 

 

Business & Industry

 

 

 

Business Representative

Chair

 

Tony Viebrock

Agricultural Industry

 

 

David Soderstrom

Manufacturing Industry

 

 

John Seabeck Retail Industry

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Committee

 

 

Biosolids Applicator

Chair

 

Peter Severtson Department of Ecology

 

 

David Granatstein

WSU Sustainable Agriculture

 

 

Sandy Bareither Master Composter

 

 

 

 

 

Public Health & Safety

 

 

 

David Prosch

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Chair

 

Mike Dingle

Douglas County Emergency Mgmt.

 

 

Doug Miller

Douglas County Fire District #2

 

 

Ray Perez

Douglas County Code Compliance

 

 

Jeff Morrison

East Wenatchee Code Compliance

 

 

 

 

Waste Industry Committee

 

 

 

Aaron Kelly

Waste Management

Chair

Matt Henry Allied Waste Services

 

Mark Walsh

Consolidated Disposal Services

 

 

Dion Gotti

Sunrise Disposal Services

 

 

Glen Austin

Zippy Disposal Services

 

Waste Reduction & Recycling
Eileen Bone

Community Recycling Center

Chair
Lori Barnett Public Sector - Recycling
Steve Donithan Public Sector - Recycling
Kevin Lee Scrap Metal Industry