In 2006, the Wyoming State Senate established the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Program, which requires communities statewide to prepare and maintain a plan for disposing, treating, or recycling solid waste at designated facilities. Ninety percent (90%) of the first round of planning was paid for through State monies. Initial plans were due to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) in 2009, with a requirement to update the plans every 10 years. This means that communities will need to submit updated plans to WDEQ next year. This update will be paid by the entity.
A little background
Initially, WDEQ proposed dividing the state into ten preliminary planning areas with a goal to consolidate solid waste facilities to streamline management and reduce costs within these areas. Several of the planning districts shifted as plans were developed and submitted to WDEQ in July 2009.
Over the past decade, some communities have implemented plans as originally proposed, including closing several landfills and constructing new transfer stations; and other communities’ plans have evolved or adapted differently to fit local planning goals. As progress continues, communities will need to provide WDEQ with an update of completed activities and future plans.
Getting ready for the 2019 deadline
To find out what WDEQ is looking for in your 2019 ISWM plan update, check out our presentation from the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) Summer Convention in Pinedale. Craig McOmie, Program Manager for WDEQ, provides an overview of plan requirements and answer questions.
Presentation from Convention Session: Trash Talking
Craig McOmie, WDEQ, Presenter
Travis Evans, Trihydro Corporation, Presenter
George Siglin, Mayor of Lingle, Moderator
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Travis Evans, P.E.