Noxious Weed Disposal Program

The Noxious Weed Disposal Program aims to provide resources for private landowners actively controlling noxious weeds at risk of spreading by providing disposal bags to contain and/or a disposal voucher to cover the disposal cost of noxious weeds at Waste Control. By assisting eligible private landowners, the Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board protects surrounding lands within Cowlitz County.

Landowner Eligibility

To qualify for this program, private landowners must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Property with noxious weeds must lie within Cowlitz County.
  • Eligible landowners include individuals, groups, joint operations, corporations, Native American tribes/groups or other private legal entities.
  • Property must contain a significant infestation of at least one of the eligible noxious weed species below.

Disclaimer: This program is intended for the disposal of noxious weeds only. Landowners attempting to defraud the program in any manner, including disposing of other types of materials, will be deemed ineligible.

Noxious Weed Eligibility                                                                                                   

Eligible noxious weeds include:

  • Tansy Ragwort
  • Yellow Archangel
  • Canada Thistle

 Other eligible noxious weeds must meet at least one of the following criteria to qualify for the program:

  • Noxious weeds at risk of producing seeds after begin cut or pulled
  • Noxious weeds at risk of propagating from removed debris
  • Noxious weeds that are toxic to human or animals

Program Process

The disposal bags and vouchers available for this program are limited, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Landowners may also participate in our Stewardship Incentive or Exempt programs if the eligibility requirements are met.   

  1. Landowner either receives a letter from our program requesting control of the noxious weeds or invites our staff to the property for an inspection to verify the extent of the eligible weeds present. Either way, our program needs to have current documentation of the infestation prior to issuing noxious weed disposal bags and/or a disposal voucher.  
  2. Landowner contacts program staff to request noxious weed disposal bags and/or a disposal voucher.
  3. Landowner and program staff work together to establish a long term plan for the control of the noxious weeds. Program staff will issue bags and/or voucher in conjunction with this plan. Vouchers will typically expire after two weeks.
  4. Landowner physically removes eligible noxious weeds from the property, bags or loads them into a vehicle (weeds must be covered by a tarp if loose load), and brings the noxious weeds to the Waste Control facility. Landowner signs the voucher and provides it to the Waste Control employee at the time of check out. Waste Control bills the program directly for the cost of noxious weeds disposal.

Disclaimer: This program is reviewed by the Weed Board on an annual basis, and is subject to change. Under extraneous circumstances, the requirement for eligibility may be waived at the discretion of the Coordinator.