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As such, landfills are

typically classified as
sanitary, municipal,
construction and
or industrial
waste sites.
Who’s Responsible?
 The owners, operators, and/or
occupants of any premises are
responsible for the satisfactory and
legal disposal of all solid
generated or
accumulated on
the property.
Storage and Removal of Solid Waste

 All solid waste must be stored in a safe, sanitary

and nuisance free manner. Garbage must be
stored in sturdy, waterproof, animal-proof
containers with tight fitting lids; it has to be
removed at least every other week.
Accumulating solid waste and storing it outside
in plastic bags, trailers or pickup trucks is not
Illegal Dumping
It is illegal to dump or bury solid waste on your own
property or anywhere else. The Mason County
office of Environmental Health is actively
investigating all reported illegal dumps and issuing
tickets with fines from $250 for the first offense.
With garbage pick up at
around $15.00 per month
for weekly service there is
no excuse for illegal
dumping or burning!
Pet Feces
 Petfeces, such as dog
droppings, must be
disposed of at least once a
week; it can be double
bagged and placed
in with household
What are the Penalties for
 Violations of these regulations may
result in a fine of $250 for the first
offense. Repeat violators will be charged
double $500.00), with an additional
$100 restitution fee added. You could
also eventually lose your property for
non-compliance if we are forced to
pursue other legal remedies to gain
Categorization may also be based on
hazard potential, including radioactive,
flammable, infectious, toxic, or non-toxic.
Categories may also pertain to the origin
of waste, such as
industrial, domestic,
institutional or
construction and
 Regardlessof the origin, content or
hazard potential, solid waste must be
managed systematically to ensure
environmental best practices. As solid
waste management is a critical aspect
of environmental hygiene, it needs to
be incorporated into environmental
 Solid Waste Management is defined as the
discipline associated with control of generation,
storage, collection, transport or transfer,
processing and disposal of solid waste materials in
a way that best addresses the range of public
health, conservation, economics, aesthetic,
and other
 In its scope, solid waste management includes
planning, administrative, financial, engineering and
legal functions. Solutions might include complex
inter-disciplinary relations among fields such as
public health, city and regional planning, political
science, geography, sociology, economics,
communication and
conservation, demography,
engineering and material
 Solidwaste management practices can differ
for residential and industrial producers, for
urban and rural areas, and for developed and
developing nations. The administration of non-
hazardous waste in metropolitan areas is the
job of local government authorities. On the
other hand, the management of hazardous
waste materials is typically the job of the
generator, subject to local, national and even
international authorities.
Objectives of Waste
 Theprimary goal of solid waste
management is reducing and eliminating
adverse impacts of waste materials on
human health and environment
to support economic
development and superior
quality of life.
5 Functional
Elements of the
Waste Management
Waste generation refers to activities involved in
identifying materials which are no longer usable and
are either gathered for systematic disposal or thrown
away. Onsite handling, storage, and processing are
the activities at the point of waste generation which
facilitate easier collection. For example, waste bins
are placed at the sites which generate sufficient

Waste collection, a crucial phase of waste

management, includes activities such as placing
waste collection bins, collecting waste from those
bins and accumulating trash in the location where
the collection vehicles are emptied. Although the
collection phase involves transportation, this is
typically not the main stage of waste transportation.
Waste transfer and transport are the activities
involved in moving waste from the local waste
collection locations to the regional waste disposal
site in large waste transport vehicles.

Waste processing and recovery refer to the

facilities, equipment, and techniques employed
both to recover reusable or recyclable materials
from the waste stream and to improve the
effectiveness of other functional elements of waste

Disposal is the final stage of waste management. It

involves the activities aimed at the systematic
disposal of waste materials in locations such as
landfills or waste-to-energy facilities.
Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) ISWM
is an increasingly important term in the field of
waste management. It refers to the selection and
use of appropriate management programs,
technologies, and techniques to achieve particular
waste management goals and objectives. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that
ISWA is composed of waste source reduction,
recycling, waste combustion, and landfills. These
activities can be done in either interactive or
hierarchical way.