Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) Is Looking For New Members!

Apply NOW to join SWAC by June 6, 2021.

Looking for a way to get involved in your community and have a voice in government? Want to help shape Seattle’s recycling, compost, and disposal services and move towards Zero Waste? Then we want YOU as a member of SWAC!

Apply NOW to join SWAC by June 6, 2021.

How to apply:

Fill out the online form.
If you need technical assistance or have questions about submitting in another format, please contact Katie Lynd at or (206) 492-1132.

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More Info

SWAC members work with SPU’s Solid Waste team to provide recommendations, feedback, and share community insights into programs, policies, and outreach objectives around recycling, compost, garbage, and waste prevention. SWAC members also assist in the review of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal. In addition, members review and comments upon proposed plans, rules, policies, or ordinances prior to their adoption. SWAC members bring expertise from their communities and organizations, with different professional and life experiences, to ensure SPU can make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. SPU is especially interested in members who can actively partner to uphold our commitments to Our City Values and Social Justice.

Represent community and organizational interests in making solid waste recommendations
Write letters to support SPU’s goals, such as moving toward Zero Waste
Comment on the Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan and Annual Waste Prevention & Recycling Report
Review SPU programs and policies for customer impact
Work collaboratively with other members of differing viewpoints
Attend monthly meetings and participate in group conversations on solid waste topics
Interest in SPU’s solid waste services, policies, and programs
Ability to represent community interests in recommendations
Experience collaborating with teams
Desire to improve government services through lived (e.g., BIPOC, low/fixed income) and/or professional expertise.
The ability to influence SPU decision making around Solid Waste services, policies, and plans
Advocate for one’s specific community interests and share perspective
Learn and hear perspectives of different community members and the impact of city services
Have an active role in local government with a diverse group of community members
Contact Katie Lynd with questions or for more information at or (206) 492-1132.

The Purpose of SWAC
Seattle Public Utilities’ Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is an advisory body mandated by RCW 70A.205.110 to provide recommendations and informed advice to the Utility regarding solid waste management issues.

Term & Charter
Committee members are appointed for a two-year term, with approval by the SPU General Manager. Members can serve up to 4 years before reapplying. More details on terms and committee operation is available in the SWAC Charter.

This committee usually meets every 1st Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and have web-link and call-in options. To join a SWAC meeting, please contact Katie Lynd to get on our notification list.