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Document Code No.: PUT 7-2-1 (PR)
Department/Issuing Agency: Department of Public Works/Solid Waste Division
Effective Date: July 23, 1992
Approved: /s/ Tim Hill
Type of Action: Superseding PUT 7-2 (PR) (PDF, 908 KB)

Signed document (PDF, 428 KB)



1.0 SUBJECT TITLE: Waste Clearance Policies for King County Solid Waste Division Solid Waste Handling Facilities

2.0 PURPOSE:

2.1 To specify procedures for clearance of solid waste for disposal at King County Solid Waste Division Facilities. Wastes affected by this Public Rule include those types identified in Public Rule PUT 7-1-2 (PR) and subsequent revisions as requiring clearance from the Solid Waste Division for disposal at County facilities.

3.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

Applicable to the Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division. The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division, and users of King County solid waste disposal facilities are also affected.

4.0 REFERENCES:

4.1 Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency, Regulation III, Article 4, Asbestos Control Standard.

4.2 King County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.

4.3 King County Code, Title 10, Solid Waste.

4.4 King County Department Policies and Procedures, PUT 7-3-2 (D-W).

4.5 King County Board of Health Code, Title 10, King County Solid Waste Regulations.

4.6 Washington Administrative Code 173-303, State Dangerous Waste Regulations.

4.7 Washington Administrative Code 173-304, Minimum Functional Standards for Solid Waste Handling.

4.8 Federal Solid Waste Disposal Act, more commonly known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC, Section 6901-6991i.

4.9 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, 40 CFR Part 61.

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

5.1 "Container" shall be as defined by the waste acceptance policy.

5.2 "Contaminated soils" shall be as defined by the waste acceptance policy.

5.3 "Dangerous Waste" means solid waste designated by WAC 173-303-070 through 173-303-103 as dangerous or extremely hazardous waste.

5.4 "Hazardous Waste" means solid waste designated by 40 CFR Part 261 and regulated as hazardous waste by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

5.5 "Health Department" means the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.

5.6 "Improperly handled waste" shall be as defined by the waste acceptance policy.

5.7 "Industrial Waste" shall be as defined by the waste acceptance policy.

5.8 "KCSWD" means the King County Solid Waste Division.

5.9 "Official of the King County Solid Waste Division" means the Solid Waste Division Manager or his/her designee.

5.10 "PSAPCA" means the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency.

5.11 "Special waste" means all wastes which require waste clearance, as specified in the waste acceptance policy.

5.12 "Waste Acceptance Policy" means King County Public Rule PUT 7-1-2 (PR) or future amendments of that rule.

5.13 "Waste Clearance Application Form" means documentation provided by the Health Department or KCSWD which, when completed by the generator, provides information on the characteristics of the solid waste load and specifications regarding an acceptable method of disposal.

5.14 "Waste Clearance Decision Form" means documentation provided by the KCSWD to generators based on information provided in the generator's application. The decision form specifies conditions for disposal of materials regulated under this public rule.

6.0 POLICIES:

6.1 All incoming loads of special waste must be accompanied by a Waste Clearance Decision Form.

6.2 Waste Clearance Decision Forms are issued by KCSWD after review of a completed Generator's Waste Clearance Application Form. Copies of the Generator's Waste Clearance Application Form are available from KCSWD and the Health Department. A Generator's Waste Profile Sheet and a Generator's Certification of Representative Sample are also required for certain waste types specified in the waste acceptance policy.

6.3 Forms completed by the generator are returned to the KCSWD or the Health Department depending on the type of waste being disposed. Instructions and addresses for returning forms are contained on the forms.

6.4 Special waste loads may be subject to certain conditions which will be specified on the Waste Clearance Decision Form. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

6.4.1 A particular solid waste handling facility to which the waste must be taken.

6.4.2 A disposal schedule to which the transporter must adhere.

6.4.3 An acceptable haul route to which the transporter must adhere.

6.4.4 Conditions for handling or packaging the waste prior to disposal.

6.5 Special wastes will be charged a special waste disposal fee as specified by King County ordinance. The manager of the Solid Waste Division, or his/her designee shall have the authority to make exceptions to the special waste fee for a certain type of waste when it can be clearly demonstrated that the waste type does not have unique operational, administrative, public health or environmental impacts.

6.6 The number of types of special waste loads accepted at the Cedar Hills Landfill may be limited by weather constraints, such as frozen ground, heavy rains or high winds, or by operational constraints.

6.7 Available daily and yearly landfill capacity, in terms of both numbers of incoming vehicles and total tonnages, is restricted for special wastes to quantities to be determined by the KCSWD. The KCSWD reserves the right to allocate this capacity.

6.8 The generator will produce, at the request of the Health Department or the KCSWD, laboratory test data from representative samples, material safety data sheets, or other documentation that the waste being disposed of is not a regulated Hazardous/Dangerous Waste or otherwise being improperly handled. All such documentation will be attached to the Waste Clearance Application Form.

6.9 The Generator's Waste Clearance Application Form should be submitted to the applicable agency at least two weeks prior to the anticipated start of disposal activities.

6.10 If material being disposed is generated at regular intervals and is consistent in its composition, a Waste Clearance Decision Form may be issued allowing disposal over a period of up to one year.

6.11 The Director of the Department of Public Works or his/her designee shall have the authority to declare an emergency authorizing the disposal of materials otherwise requiring clearance under this rule, which could pose a threat to public health or the environment if not disposed immediately.

6.12 Enforcement. The Director of the Department of Public Works or his/her designee is authorized and responsible to enforce or seek enforcement through the prosecutor's office of this Public Rule pursuant to the civil penalty provisions of King County Code Title 23.

7.0 PROCEDURES:

Action By: Generator

Action:

7.1 Determines if Waste Clearance is needed and obtains application form from the KCSWD or the Health Department. Returns completed application to the Health Department with Generator's Waste Profile Sheet and Generator's Certification of Representative Sample if the waste is contaminated soil, or industrial waste. For all other waste requiring clearance, the completed application is returned to the KCSWD.

Action By: KCSWD

Action:

7.2 Reviews Waste Clearance Application received from generator. Completes Waste Clearance Decision Form and sends to Generator. Keeps a copy of both forms in files.

Action By: Health Department

Action:

7.3 Reviews Waste Clearance Application received from generator. Completes Waste Clearance Authorization Form and forwards to KCSWD. Keeps a copy of the form in files. Sends copies of completed form to Region 10 of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Northwest Regional Office of State Department of Ecology.

Action By: KCSWD

Action:

7.4 Reviews Waste Clearance Authorization received from Health Department and Generator's Application Form. Completes Waste Clearance Decision Form and sends to Generator. Sends copies of completed form to the Health Department, transporter and engineering consultant, if any. A copy of the completed approval form is kept in the KCSWD files.

Action By: Generator

Action:

7.5 Provides transporter with copy of Waste Clearance Decision Form.

Action By: Transporter

Action:

7.6 Presents Waste Clearance Decision Form to KCSWD staff at cashiers booth with each load of approved waste delivered. Retains form during unloading. Loads of asbestos-containing wastes must also provide Waste Shipment Records to the landfill cashier.

Action By: KCSWD

Action:

7.7 Keeps records of cleared wastes entering landfill.

8.0 RESPONSIBILITIES:

8.1 All those generating solid waste for ultimate disposal at KCSWD disposal facilities are responsible for ensuring that the solid waste is not being improperly handling and that, when required, a Waste Clearance Decision Form accompanies the solid waste loads.

8.2 Transporters of solid waste to KCSWD facilities are responsible for not knowingly transporting improperly handled waste, and for presenting a Waste Clearance Decision Form as requested by King County officials or facility attendants.

8.3 KCSWD is responsible for ensuring that King County solid waste facilities are available for use by the residents of King County for municipal waste handling and disposal, and that these facilities are constructed and operated in conformance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.

8.4 The KCSWD is responsible for requiring transporters to present an approved Waste Clearance Decision Form at the disposal facility prior to unloading materials covered by this Public Rule. The KCSWD has the authority to check incoming loads to ensure that the waste being delivered is consistent with the waste described on the Waste Clearance Approval Form.

8.5 Officials at the KCSWD and Health Department are responsible for processing Waste Clearance Application Forms and for maintaining records of materials approved for disposal.

9.0 APPENDICES:

These appendices are available from the Solid Waste Division:

9.1 Generator's Waste Clearance Application

9.2 Generator's Waste Profile Sheet

9.3 Generator's Certification of Representative Sample

9.4 Health Department Waste Clearance Authorization Form

9.5 Solid Waste Division Waste Clearance Decision Form