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2000 Klickitat County SWMP Update
CHAPTER 6. SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
This chapter examines the current solid waste
collection services in Klickitat County, identifies
potential problems in meeting present and future
needs, evaluates alternatives, and recommends
policies and activities that are consistent with other
portions of this Plan. Solid waste collection refers to
those activities of contracted and franchised
(certificated) haulers who collect solid waste from
residences, businesses, and institutions.
INVENTORY OF EXISTING
Legal authority for solid waste collection in
Washington State is shared among a number of
entities: the Washington Utilities and Transportation
Commission (WUTC), counties, cities and towns.
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Chapter 81.77 RCW gives the WUTC a role in
certifying and regulating garbage and refuse collection
in counties. The provisions of chapter 81.77 RCW
exempt certain garbage and refuse collection activities.
The law excludes from WUTC regulation the
operation of any garbage or refuse collection
companies under contract to a city or town for the
collection of garbage. It also excludes from regulation
any city or town that itself undertakes the collection of
Certificates for solid waste collection (sometimes
referred to as franchises) are issued by the WUTC.
These certificates have market value and may be
purchased from existing certificate holders.
Certificates exist in perpetuity for the areas to which
they apply. However, where a collector fails to
adequately serve its certificated areas, a potential
competitor may petition the WUTC to serve that area.
Certificates are also issued for collection of different
types of waste and may overlap certificated areas for
collection of mixed municipal solid waste.
Counties are restricted from operating solid waste