County Council seeks applicants for position on recycling and waste system commission

Photo courtesy Clark County Public Works
Photo courtesy Clark County Public Works

Applications are being accepted for the position representing small cities and towns in Clark County

VANCOUVER – The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. 

Applications are being accepted for the position representing small cities and towns in Clark County (cities other than Vancouver). Applicants should be a member of one of the city or town councils or a representative who lives or works in those jurisdictions. The three-year term begins immediately upon appointment.

The Solid Waste Advisory Commission holds quarterly meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of February, May, August, and November. Special meetings may be scheduled as needed. Meetings are currently held in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual options.

The commission advises the county council and staff on solid waste issues and planning for recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs. The advisory commission also provides feedback to staff during the update process for the county’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which is currently underway. Once the update is completed by staff, in coordination with the advisory commission, it will be submitted for approval by the county council and the Washington State Department of Ecology. 

Residents with a passion for waste reduction, education and outreach experience, or experience with multifamily housing are encouraged to apply. As Clark County is a growing and diverse community with many languages and backgrounds, the county is also looking for people who can bring ethnic, cultural, social, and geographic diversity to the group. The commission is committed to inclusiveness and outreach to all Clark County residents to ensure the Solid Waste Advisory Commission reflects the community it serves. 

Candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email at

The letter of interest should include: 

  • How you can represent the interests of the position on the commission 
  • Your personal or professional experience
  • Your vision for the future of solid waste management in Clark County

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024. 

Visit the Solid Waste Advisory Commission website for more information or mail

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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