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Division Manager: Margo Gillaspy

 

Solid Waste Management

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Facility Locations:

  • Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station
    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
    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
    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, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

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RATE STUDY | PUBLIC HEARING ANNOUNCED

Due to increasing disposal costs, increasing labor costs, uncertain grant funding, and increasing compactor maintenance, the Skagit County Solid Waste Division felt it was necessary to undergo a rate study to ensure that the County Solid Waste System remains fiscally responsible. With approval from the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) and Solid Waste System Governance Board (SWSGB), the Solid Waste Division hired an experience outside consultant, Chris Bell of Bell and Associations, Inc. to provide the necessary knowledge and proficiency for a rate study. The rate study recommended an increase to $97/ton in 2019 with annual increases to 2023. The current rate is $89/ton, and was last adjusted on January 1, 2010. The minimum charge would also increase to $14 in 2019, and then annual increases to $20 in 2022. The rates were forecasted out to 2023 which is the final year of the County’s current disposal contract with Republic Services. These recommended rate increases have been approved by the SWAC and SWSGB. The Skagit County Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding these proposed rate increases on January 15, 2019 at 10:30 am in the Commissioners Hearing Room at 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon. The rate increases are anticipated to go into effect in June 2019.

For a self-haul user of the Ovenell Transfer Station or Sauk Transfer Site, their minimum charge will increase from $10 to $14. For a larger load of 400 pounds, the charge will increase from $17.80 to $19.40. Self-haul customers at the Clear Lake Transfer Site will see an increase from $6 to $7 per 32 gallon can. Those with curbside garbage service may see an increase in their rates from their provider.

A public hearing to gather feedback from county residents is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

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For questions or more details, please contact Margo Gillaspy at margog@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1400.


Interlocal Cooperative Agreement Between Skagit County and Cities and Towns in Skagit County for Solid Waste Management
Litter Crew in Operation
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.

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 further processing. 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.

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