Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)

Upcoming Committee Meetings

About SWACimage of SWAC members at a meeting
The Pierce County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) serves in an advisory and technical capacity to the Pierce County Council and Pierce County Planning & Public Works on matters relating to management of recycling services and solid waste disposal.

The SWAC is composed of community members, operators of solid waste companies, members of public interest groups, professionals from the business community, and representatives of local governments.

Members of the public are welcome to join the meetings in person at the Tacoma Mall Plaza or via Zoom at


You can help shape local recycling and waste reduction programs by becoming a SWAC member. All interested community members, especially those from BIPOC, low-income, and other underserved communities, are encouraged to apply.

SWAC members serve a four-year term. Members are appointed by the Pierce County Executive and approved by the Pierce County Council.

Contact Us
(253) 798-2179

Pierce County Code 2.92

Rules and Procedures

Pierce County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (SHWMP)

Pierce County Planning and Public Works and the SWAC worked with partners and neighboring jurisdictions to create a draft plan that establishes how Pierce County will manage solid and hazardous waste for the next 20 years. The goal is to create an equitable and resilient plan that keeps our environment clean. This draft replaces the 2000 plan, as well as the 2008 and 2016 supplements.

The draft plan is currently going through the local adoption process and will then be submitted for final review by the Department of Ecology.

SWAC Members

Non Voting Members

These positions represent agencies and businesses related to solid waste management.

Name Represents
Tom Swanson Pierce County Council
Kevin Johnston Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Kevin Green LRI
Ryan Dicks Pierce County Planning and Public Works