Prompted by citizen demand, Washington State directed local governments to create plans to manage hazardous wastes produced by households and in small quantities by businesses and other organizations.
In 1991, local governments and agencies in King County established a partnership to manage these wastes regionally. We have been providing services since that time.
The authority for the establishment of the Program comes from Washington State law (RCW 70.105.220) that required local governments, either individually or jointly, to develop and implement a plan to address hazardous wastes.
Our Program is implemented through a "Management Coordination Committee" (MCC.) The MCC is enabled by the King County Board of Health (BOH Code 11.04). It is also recognized as the Program governing entity by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The MCC sets the strategic direction and the implementation policies for our Program. It operates through the consensus of its five members, which are drawn from each of the Program Partners.
For more detailed information see Legal Authority, Organizational Structure and Enforcement, (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Last Updated: 9/2/2014