Solid Waste Program
Protecting the public’s health and safety, as well as the public’s drinking water supply are primary objectives of the Liquid Waste and Solid Waste Program operated by the Environmental Health division of the Okanogan County Public Health District (OCPHD). Proper waste handling helps prevent pollution and problems with animals and insects.
All solid waste facilities and septic tank pump trucks in Okanogan County are licensed annually and periodically inspected by OCPHD Environmental Health staff. This includes facilities and organizations involved in solid waste storage, collection, transportation, treatment, utilization, processing and final disposal. Fees are assessed, based on the type of facility and/or solid waste activity.
Solid waste includes:
- Abandoned vehicles or parts
- Animal waste
- Ashes or wood waste
- Garbage or rubbish outside of designated areas
- Demolition and construction wastes
- Discarded items such as tires or recyclable items
- Industrial wastes including medical waste
- Sewage sludge and septage (from septic tanks)
Complaints of improper or illegal solid waste, animal waste or garbage on the ground are investigated. The OCPHD Environmental Health division works closely with the Department of Ecology to ensure solid waste regulations are followed. Call (509) 422-7155 to file a complaint.