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Solid Waste Handling Standards Rulemaking – Advisory Committee

In 2013, Ecology began a rulemaking process to update WAC Chapter 173-350, "Solid Waste Handling Standards." This rule covers waste management issues as diverse as used tires, surface impoundments, and incineration. These rules govern how individuals, businesses and governments can handle solid waste, what materials can be recycled, when permits are required, and a host of other issues. 

Because the activities regulated by the rule are so diverse, Ecology established a number of work groups to advise staff on potential changes to the regulations, rather than setting up a single advisory committee. This page contains the agendas and meeting notes from those work groups. 

The work group portion of our rulemaking process has concluded. Ecology is very grateful for the time and effort put in by the many stakeholder representatives who participated. Information provided below in the focus statement and any update for each area, represented Ecology's best assessment at the time they were posted. Information below does not represent the most current rule product.

Sections under review

WAC 173-350-010 - Purpose
WAC 173-350-020 - Applicability
WAC 173-350-025 - Owner Responsibilities
WAC 173-350-030 - Effective Dates
WAC 173-350-040 - Performance Standards
WAC 173-350-100 - Definitions (generally; see also focused definitions below)

WAC 173-350-100 - Definitions (focused review)
WAC 173-350-110 - Determination of Solid Waste (New)
WAC 173-350-200 - Beneficial Use Permit Exemptions
WAC 173-350-210 - Recycling
WAC 173-350-230 - Land application
WAC 173-350-235 - Soil and Sediment Criteria and Use (new)
WAC 173-350-240 - Energy recovery & incineration facilities
WAC 173-350-300 - On-site storage, collection, and transportation standards
WAC 173-350-310 - Intermediate solid waste handling facilities
WAC 173-350-320 - Piles used for storage or treatment
WAC 173-350-330 - Surface impoundments and tanks
WAC 173-350-350 - Waste tire storage and transportation
WAC 173-350-360 - Moderate risk waste handling
WAC 173-350-370 - Product take back (possible new section)
WAC 173-350-400 - Limited purpose landfills
WAC 173-350-410 - Inert waste landfills
WAC 173-350-490 - Other methods of solid waste handling
WAC 173-350-500 - Ground water monitoring
WAC 173-350-600 - Financial assurance
WAC 173-350-700 - Permits and local ordinances
WAC 173-350-710 - Permit application and issuance
WAC 173-350-715 - General permit application requirements

WAC 173-350-900 - Remedial action
WAC 173-350-990 - Criteria for Inert Waste
WAC 173-350-995 - Appendices