Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee guides local solid waste programs and policies. 

Washington State law asks each county to set up a local Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). The committee reviews the county's Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan and helps develop programs and policies for solid waste handling and disposal.

The committee elects a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson at the beginning of each year to govern the committee. The Chair conducts all meetings, acts as a liaison between the committee and the county Solid Waste Division, sets the agenda, and arranges for prompt presentations. County staff support the SWAC by scheduling, advertising, and recording meetings; mailing materials to members; and keeping necessary records.

The public is welcome to attend the committee's regularly scheduled meeting.

Meetings are confirmed two weeks in advance. Email to inquire.

Date: First Wednesday of the month (subject to change)

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: City of Bremerton Utilities Building, 100 Oyster Bay Avenue, Bremerton.

Current committee members

The committee has fifteen members who represent many interests, including the Board of County Commissioners, local jurisdictions, tribes, the U.S. Navy, local business, and the waste management industry.

​John Poppe, Vice Chair

Central Commissioner District​

​Douglas Chamberlain

​North Commissioner District

​Eric Lenius

​South Commissioner District

​Diane Landry

​City of Bainbridge Island

​Milenka Hawkins-Bates

Wayne Hamilton (Alternate)

​City of Bremerton

​Stephanie Bailey, Chair

​City of Port Orchard

​Shannon Wood

​City of Poulsbo

​Ashley Brown

​Sam Phillips (Alternate)

​Port Gamble/S'Klallam Tribe

​Jaime Lawrence

​Suquamish Tribe

​Les Hastings


​Heather Church

Dave Stanley (Alternate)

​Industry (Bainbridge Disposal)

​Rob Rutledge

​Industry (Waste Management)

Bill Rich

Laura Kneib

​Commercial Representative

Commercial Representative Alternate

​Erika Anderson


​Jeff West

​Organics Management