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Division Manager: Margo Gillaspy

Solid Waste Management


New Solid Waste Rates Proposed

The Board of Skagit County Commissioners will host a public hearing on the proposed new solid waste rates on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 8:30am in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

On September 12, 2023, the Skagit County Commissioners approved a contract with a new vendor, Waste Management, to provide solid waste services in the unincorporated areas. Both bids submitted for the contract had a 40% increase in transport and disposal costs over the previous contract. As a result of the cost increase, Skagit County Public Works conducted a solid waste rate study to ensure rates were sufficient to stay solvent. The final rate study report can be viewed here. Public Works staff presented a new proposed rate structure to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Solid Waste System Governance Board, with the new structure ultimately recommended for approval to the Skagit County Commissioners in April.

The proposed rate structure would result in an average 30% increase in costs for customers. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposal by either submitting written comments via e-mail to Margo Gillaspy, Solid Waste Division Manager, at margog@co.skagit.wa.us, or mailed comments may be sent to 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

Citizens can also provide verbal testimony at the public hearing either in-person or via Zoom at the link on the County Commissioner’s website..

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Our litter crew works to keep the County clean. The crew is focused on citizen litter complaints, illegal dump sites, and cleaning County road right of way.  To report illegal dumping, or know of specific areas that need attention please call the Litter Hotline (360) 416-1573.

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Facility Locations:
  • Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station | Rates
    14104 Ovenell Road, Mount Vernon
    360-416-1570
    8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Closed: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

  • Sauk Recycling & Transfer Station | Rates
    (No construction/demolition debris accepted.)
    50796 State Route 20, Concrete
    360-853-8810
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    Closed: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

  • Clear Lake Recycling & Compactor Site | Rates
    (No construction debris or large items accepted. Household garbage only.)
    23202 Howey Road, Clear Lake
    360-856-5083
    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    Closed: New Year's Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

About Solid Waste Management
Solid waste or garbage is hauled by rail to Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County, Washington. Recycled materials which are collected separately at three sites are transported to a variety of local companies for furtherprocessing. Household Hazardous Waste and moderate risk waste (from local businesses) is collected at the Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station Collection Facility where it is packed and shipped for recycling or storage in a hazardous waste landfill.

Management Plan History and Purpose
The Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (CSWMP) was prepared to provide a guide for solid waste activities in Skagit County. This CSWMP addresses solid waste management throughout Skagit County.

The cities had the option to develop their own plan, but chose to participate in the County’s planning process. The various Tribes in Skagit County also have the option to develop their own plans. This CSWMP was prepared through a team effort involving the Skagit County Department of Public Works and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). The SWAC members represent not only the interests of their respective agencies and businesses, but as residents and members of the community they also represent the public’s interest.

prepareinfoCSWMP Informational and Background Documents
The SWAC recently completed its process of updating Skagit County’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan