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2013 Draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan

Final Draft 2013 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan

2013 Draft Comprehensive Plan

Download the 2013 Draft plan in PDF format.

Determination of Nonsignificance

King County Solid Waste Division issued a "Determination of Nonsignificance – Non Project Action" – available for review online.

The 2013 Draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan was prepared by the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks in accordance with Washington state law Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95. It presents proposed strategies for managing King County’s solid waste over the next 6 years, with consideration of the next 20 years. Draft policies, recommendations, and goals are presented for the following elements of solid waste management: system planning, waste prevention and recycling, solid waste collection and processing, the transfer system, landfill management and solid waste disposal, and system financing. The 2013 Draft Comprehensive Plan is currently undergoing an update, which began in October 2014.

Brief introduction to the Plan

Since its inception in the 1960s, the core mission of the King County Solid Waste Division has been to ensure that citizens in the county have access to safe, reliable, efficient, and affordable solid waste handling and disposal services. Over the last 20 years, that mission has expanded to integrate the principles of environmental stewardship and sustainable development into every aspect of solid waste management.

The 2013 Draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan builds upon those principles in our facility designs, operations, and programs for the future. This is also the first King County solid waste plan to consider climate change impacts. With this plan, the division is building upon efforts to increase waste prevention and recycling and advance green building practices in the region’s communities and within our own operations.

In 2006, the division published the Solid Waste Transfer and Waste Management Plan (PDF, 647 K), also known as the Transfer Plan, which provides recommendations for upgrading the division’s aging transfer system, strategies for extending the lifespan of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and options for preparing the landfill for eventual closure. These recommendations, approved by the Metropolitan King County Council in 2007, are further developed for implementation in the 2013 Draft Plan. In October 2013, the SWD began conducting a review of the Transfer Plan.

Update of the 2013 Draft Plan is underway

Due to policy developments and the passage of time since the draft plan was initially prepared, a new Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan Update is underway.

Comments (2009 Draft)

The comment period on the preliminary draft plan was from Oct. 8, 2009 through Feb. 4, 2010. The division received a total of 21 comments during the comment period. During preparation of the 2013 Draft Plan, the division considered each comment/question received and made modifications as necessary. These modifications are noted in the responsiveness summary in Appendix C of the plan.


Download the full version of the 2013 Draft Plan

Public Comments Received on the draft 2009 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
(Note: the following PDF files are very large file and may take several minutes to download, depending on connection speed)


For questions about the 2013 Draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, please contact:

Beth Humphreys
Strategy, Communications & Performance Section
King County Solid Waste Division
Telephone: 206-477-5264, TTY Relay 711

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Updated: Jan. 5, 2016

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