Chapter 7.37
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT GRANTS

Sections:

7.37.010    Purpose.

7.37.020    Definitions.

7.37.030    Grants to certain not for profit charitable organizations.

7.37.032    Illegal dumping and littering prevention and remediation grants.

7.37.040    Severability.

7.37.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish a grant program to aid the county’s solid waste management program by supporting recycling and the prevention and remediation of illegal dumping and littering, and to provide aid to the poor and infirm by providing relief from solid waste disposal costs for certain organizations which help members of these groups.

(Added Ord. 92-104, Sept. 2, 1992; Amended Ord. 94-100, § 2, Oct. 26, 1994).

7.37.020 Definitions.

The definitions listed in chapter 7.41 SCC shall apply to this chapter unless the context requires another meaning.

(Added Ord. 92-104, Sept. 2, 1992; Amended Ord. 94-100, § 2, Oct. 26, 1994).

7.37.030 Grants to certain not for profit charitable organizations.

(1) All grants made under this section shall be based on the amount of waste which must be disposed of.

(2) Total annual disbursements made under this grant program shall not exceed the amount budgeted by council for this program.

(3) Recycling Grants. The director shall develop and implement a grant program designed to reimburse certain charitable organizations for disposal costs incurred by disposing of waste generated within the county on a regular and ongoing, rather than one time basis. To be eligible to receive a grant a charitable organization must, on an annual basis, file the following information with the director:

(a) Proof that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes the organization as one which is nonprofit and charitable;

(b) Current articles of incorporation filed with the Washington secretary of state showing that the primary charitable purpose of the organization is one of providing aid to the poor or infirm;

(c) A description of the organization’s business operations showing that the organization’s primary form of doing business is processing donated and abandoned goods for resale or reuse;

(d) A verification that all waste for which disposal grants will be sought will be generated solely within the borders of Snohomish county.

The director may require additional documentation if the director has concerns as to the organization’s tax status, primary charitable purpose, or primary form of doing business. Before awarding a grant the director must find that the charitable organization is contributing to the county’s recycling effort by processing used and abandoned goods for resale and reuse, and that the organization has satisfied the above requirements.

(4) Grants to Other Not for Profit Charitable Organizations. The director shall develop and implement a grant program designed to reimburse certain charitable organizations for disposal costs incurred by disposing of waste generated within the county associated with constructing or rehabilitation housing for the poor. To be eligible to receive a grant a charitable organization must file the following information with the director:

(a) Proof that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes the organization as one which is nonprofit and charitable;

(b) Current articles of incorporation filed with the Washington secretary of state showing that the primary charitable purpose of the organization is one of providing aid to the poor or infirm;

(c) A description of the organization’s charitable activities showing the primary activity is constructing or rehabilitating housing to be occupied by the poor;

(d) A verification that all waste for which disposal grants will be sought will be generated solely within the borders of Snohomish county;

(e) Verification that all recyclables will be removed from the waste to be disposed of; and

(f) A report, in a format specified by the director, explaining how the construction or rehabilitation project was designed and implemented to facilitate the separation of recyclables, and how the project could have been designed and implemented to more easily facilitate the separation of recyclables.

The director may require additional documentation if the director has concerns as to the organization’s tax status, primary charitable purpose, or primary form of doing business. Before awarding a grant the director must find that the charitable organization has satisfied the above requirements.

(Added Ord. 92-104, Sept. 2, 1992; Amended Ord. 94-100, § 3, Oct. 26, 1994).

7.37.032 Illegal dumping and littering prevention and remediation grants.

(1) All grants made under this section shall be based on the amount of illegally deposited waste which must be disposed of.

(2) The total net annual cost of cleanup services and reduced disposal fees provided under these grant programs shall not exceed the amount budgeted by council for these programs.

(3) Grants to Landowners. The director shall develop and implement a grant program designed to provide a reduced disposal fee for those landowners who must pay disposal costs to the county for disposing of waste illegally deposited upon their lands. Before a grant is made the following conditions must be met:

(a) The grantee must notify the Snohomish health district of the illegally deposited waste, and comply with any conditions imposed by the health district designed to reduce future illegal deposit of waste.

(b) The grantee must notify the director in writing of the nature and quantity of waste being disposed of, and certify that the waste was not generated by the landowner but instead was deposited upon his lands by parties unknown to the landowner and without the landowner’s permission.

(c) The grantee must certify to the director that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was either public land or not fenced, not posted, and available to the public for recreational purposes at the time of the deposit of the waste, and is currently public land or unfenced and available to the public for recreational purposes, and will remain so for one year after receipt of the grant.

The director may require additional documentation if the director has concerns as to whether the above requirements have been met. Before awarding a grant the director, based on the information provided by the grantee and by and to the health district, must find that the waste was illegally deposited, that conditions imposed by the health district to minimize future illegal deposit of waste have been met by the grantee, and that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was and is currently public land or available to the public for recreational purposes.

(4) Grants to Groups and Individuals. The director shall develop and implement a grant program designed to provide a reduced disposal fee for those groups or individuals who must pay disposal costs to the county for disposing of waste illegally deposited upon public lands or upon lands available for public recreation. Before a grant is made the following conditions must be met:

(a) The grantee must notify the Snohomish health district of the illegally deposited waste.

(b) The grantee, or if the grantee is a group an individual representing the group, must notify the director in writing of the nature and quantity of waste being disposed of, and certify that the waste was not generated by the group or its members, or individual seeking the grant.

(c) The grantee, or if the grantee is a group an individual representing the group, must certify to the director that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was either public land or not fenced, not posted, and available to the public for recreational purposes at the time the waste was removed.

The director may require additional documentation if the director has concerns as to whether the above requirements have been met. Before awarding a grant the director, based on the information provided by the grantee and by and to the health district, must find that the waste was illegally deposited and that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was either public land or available to the public for recreational purposes.

(5) Cleanup Grants to Landowners. The director shall develop and implement a grant program designed to assist landowners with the cleanup and disposal of waste illegally deposited upon their lands. Following written authorization from the landowner, solid waste staff may provide cleanup and disposal services for illegally dumped materials for which the landowner will pay compensation to the county based on volume or weight of material removed from the landowner’s property. Before a grant is made the following conditions must be met:

(a) The grantee must notify the Snohomish health district of the illegally deposited waste, and comply with any conditions imposed by the health district designed to reduce future illegal deposit of waste.

(b) The grantee must notify the director in writing of the nature and quantity of waste being cleaned up and disposed of, and certify that the waste was not generated by the landowner but instead was deposited upon his lands by parties unknown to the landowner and without the landowner’s permission.

(c) The grantee must certify to the director that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was either public land or not fenced, not posted, and available to the public for recreational purposes at the time of the deposit of the waste, and is currently public land or unfenced and available to the public for recreational purposes, and will remain so for one year after receipt of the grant. The director may require additional documentation if the director has concerns as to whether the above requirements have been met. Before awarding a grant the director, based on the information provided by the grantee and by and to the health district, must find that the waste was illegally deposited, that conditions imposed by the health district to minimize future illegal deposit of waste have been met by the grantee, and that the land upon which the waste was illegally deposited was and is currently public land or available to the public for recreational purposes.

(Added Ord. 94-100, § 4, Oct. 26, 1994; Amended Ord. 02-008, April 3, 2002, Eff date April 15, 2002).

7.37.040 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of these rules or the application of the provisions to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

(Added Ord. 92-104, Sept. 2, 1992; Amended Ord. 94-100, § 4, Oct. 26, 1994).