Solid Waste Agency


The purpose of the Solid Waste Agency is the mutual sharing of responsibilities to provide Solid Waste Management to Josephine County, oversee franchise agreements on behalf of all three jurisdictions, rate setting and rate changes, and the collection and allocation of the environmental program fee.

The agency is a 7-member board, three each from City of Grants Pass and Josephine County and 1 from the City of Cave Junction. Any allocation of the environmental program fee proceeds must be made when at least five board members are present.

The Budget Committee consists of 7 citizens.

The Solid Waste Agency Board members' terms are ongoing. The Budget Committee members are appointed by this Board and fill staggering terms.

Board Members

  • Rob Brandes, Chair
  • Wade Elliott, Vice Chair
  • Rick Riker
  • Justin Fimbres
  • Lora Glover
  • Connie Roach
  • Travis Robbins

Budget Committee Members

  • Steven Rich
  • Stephen Haydon
  • James Lowe
  • Gary Penning
  • Lee Spargo
  • Layne Lange
  • Robert McCraley

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Solid Waste Agency is a limited agency, they may not alter or access the franchise payments made to either local government; they may not directly employee individuals; and they have no ability to access any dedicated funds from either the city, City of Cave Junction, or the County.

The method of management will be to enter into an agreement with one of the governments, either city or county, to function as the managing jurisdiction.

The Managing Agency

The City of Grants Pass functions as the managing agency with a contract that will expire June 30, 2020.

The proposal provides for the city to complete a specified scope of services on behalf of the agency. The services include legal compliance for the board, budget and finance functions, and clerical support.

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  1. Pick up a SWA Budget Committee Application at the Public Works office at City Hall, or: