What is solid waste?
all putrescible and non-putrescible solid and semisolid wastes including, but not limited to, garbage, rubbish, ashes, industrial wastes, swill, sewage sludge, demolition and construction wastes, abandoned vehicles or parts thereof, contaminated soils and contaminated dredged material, and recyclable materials.” Most people use the general term “garbage”.
To submit a complaint about a facility or if you have a concern about a specific property owner or have neighborhood issues regarding garbage or animal feces, please contact our Environmental Health Help Desk at 509-249-6508 or by emailing the EH Help Desk. Please be prepared to provide the address where the problem is, the specifics of the complaint, and your contact information for follow-up. All complaints are confidential.
Petroleum Contaminated Soil Remediation Approvals
Solid Waste Facilities
The Solid Waste program is responsible for permitting and inspection of solid waste handling facilities in Yakima County. There are many types of solid waste facilities including:
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Composting Facilities (many composting facilities are exempt from permitting)
Land Application Facilities
Energy Recovery and Incineration Facilities
Anaerobic Digesters (many anaerobic digesters are exempt from solid waste permitting)
Intermediate Solid Waste Handling Facilities
Piles Used For Storage or Treatment
Waste Tire Storage (when over 800 passenger tires, or equivalent weight)
Moderate Risk Waste Handling
Limited Purpose Landfills
Inert Waste Landfills
Regular inspections are done for each permitted facility. Enforcement action is taken, as necessary, on permitted facilities and on complaint sites to assure compliance with appropriate regulations.
Biosolids are the residual solids from municipal sewage treatment plants. After treatment and testing they are used for fertilizer on crops such as hops, wheat, corn, alfalfa etc. This process has been determined to be the safest and most beneficial use of this material by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Washington State Department of Ecology issues biosolids permits. The Yakima Health District assists Ecology with inspections of the stockpile and application areas. You can also view more biosolids information:
Biosolids Management (PDF) - Chapter 173-308, WAC
Electronics Recycling Sites
Electronic, such as computers, computer monitors, televisions, etc. may be recycled by taking them to an approved electronic recycling center. For a list of electronic recycling sites: E-Cycle Washington - Registered Collectors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Biologic and Infectious Waste Information
Solid Waste Handling Standards (PDF) - Chapter 173-350, WAC
Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (PDF) - Chapter 173-351, WAC