Whatcom County

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File #: AB2023-166    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 2/23/2023 In control: Council Public Works & Health Committee
On agenda: 3/21/2023 Final action: 3/21/2023
Enactment date: 3/21/2023 Enactment #: ORD 2023-017
Title: Ordinance establishing a compost procurement policy
Indexes: Waste Management
Attachments: 1. Agenda Bill Master Report, 2. Adopted Ordinance 2023-017, 3. Staff Memo, 4. Proposed Ordinance, 5. Notice of Action Proposed on 3.7.2023, 6. Notice of Action Taken on 3.21.2023
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Primary Contact Email:    jhayden@co.whatcom.wa.us




Ordinance establishing a compost procurement policy






The Legislature in 2022 adopted House Bill 1799, requiring counties like Whatcom to adopt a compost procurement ordinance by January 1, 2023. The requirement is codified in RCW 43.19A.150. The intent of the ordinance is to encourage cities and counties to procure more of the compost and finished products created from their organic material wastes in order to support the economic viability of composting and increasing the likelihood that composting and other responsible organic material management options are economically viable.


Whatcom County, Washington
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