Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District has been selected to receive the WSRA 2015 Nonprofit Recycler of the Year Award!

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Welcome to the web site for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District (LSWDD) and the Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP).

Check this site frequently for information about waste disposal and recycling on Lopez Island, including hours and rates at the Lopez facility, updates about the program, notices of meetings and special events, contact numbers, information about volunteering and contributing, and tips for reuse, recycling, and moving toward Zero Waste.

There will be fits and starts along the way as the new District seeks the most efficient way to run the operation while adhering to Lopez values. Please use the Suggestion Box to contribute comments or ideas regarding any aspect of the Lopez solid waste and recycling program including this web site.


  • Great Islands Clean Up! - On Saturday, April 23 in celebration of Earth Day 2016, Lopezians are joining San Juan and Orcas Islanders in the Great Islands Clean Up! We will be picking up litter on roadsides and beaches. Lopez has chosen 9 beaches and … Continue reading
  • Update on 5th Grade Math class partnering with LSWDD - At the beginning of the school year, Nikyta Palmisani began a weekly partnership with Alex Nellie to combine issues of waste and recycling with learning math concepts. Between Sept and Dec 2015, students were learning these mathematical concepts: calculating large … Continue reading
  • Zero Waste Challenge - We are looking for 12 people (or more) to take the ‘Zero Waste Challenge’. The challenge is described below. You can sign up starting March 1, 2016 by emailing Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org. Are you interested? Each month for one year … Continue reading
  • Kamikatsu Japan: Zero Waste Town by Larry and Sarah Eppenbach - A Story of a Zero Waste Community: Kamikatsu Japan By: Larry and Sarah Eppenbach In October 2015 we visited the community of Kamikatsu, Japan, which has received global recognition for their extensive recycling effort and commitment to reaching Zero Waste … Continue reading
  • Change to Alkaline Battery Recycling - The Dilemma of Alkaline Batteries – February 8, 2016 You stand motionless over the waste container in your kitchen, your cupped hands hold dead household alkaline batteries….and that little voice in your head questions whether this is really the best … Continue reading
  • SWAP Seeking Board Members - Would you like to be part of a unique organization that does good work in a way that’s fun for the whole community? We’re looking for a few creative individuals to join the board of SWAP, the organization that brings … Continue reading

To see all News postings, go to our News page.


The November 2014 ballot will include a measure to approve a levy to raise $115,000 in revenue for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District in 2015. As in past years, the levy will pay approximately one-third of expenses for operating the Lopez Dump facilities. The rest of the funds will come from disposal fees, sale of recyclables, and contributions. The levy rate is estimated to be 10.7 cents per $1000 of taxable assessed value, down from 11.55 cents in 2014. The levy will be authorized for the 2015 tax year only. Until state law can be changed the LSWDD levy must be presented to voters for approval annually.


Click on the 2015 Solid Waste Levy Fact Sheet for information about the levy measure that will appear on the November 2014 ballot.

2015 Levy Fact Sheet


The Managing Board of the Lopez Island Solid Waste Disposal District published the first annual report for the District on February 27, 2014. The report Summary follows. To view the full report, including financial statements from the first year of operation, please click on the link in the News post above, or go to the LSWDD page and click on “Quarterly Reports.” 


Wonderful job everyone.  We can report a successful first year of operation including progress towards our goal of zero-waste, reintroducing free self-separated recycling, lowered garbage fees, improved flow of items through the Take It or Leave It and a positive cash return. Other 2013 highlights include: purchase of a roll-off truck (bought on a 5-year loan), purchase of the backhoe (through generous local contributions), and passage of the second Lopez Solid Waste Levy with 79.47 percent in favor.  Add to this the critical work by our partner organization Solid Waste Alternatives Program, (SWAP), including hosting events such as the Trashion Fashion show and local fund-raising efforts including selling Junk Bonds. Success continues to build—in large part due to the tireless efforts of so many Lopezians who volunteer, and customers who sort their recycling and participate wholeheartedly in reducing waste. These actions result in increased services and ever more impressive steps towards zero waste.


Check the Recycling page for LSWDD guidelines to free (source-separated) and commingled recycling. The detailed guide, prepared by Neil Hanson, presents information about which materials can be accepted for recycling and how they should be prepared in order to preserve their value.



You can find our new “Series B” edition Junk Bond for 2013, created by Lopez artist Nancy Bingham, at Paper-Scissors on the Rock as well as at the Islander Resort Craft Fair (Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8)  and the Port Stanley School Holiday Show (Saturday, September 14). The collectible bonds cost $25 and help SWAP provide auxiliary funding to our wonderful Lopez Island Dump.  You can also buy Junk Bonds and  T-Shirts by mail order. Check the SWAP page for details.

Junk Bonds make the ultimate Lopez gift: locally made, packable, mailable and totally recyclable!


In December 2011, the San Juan County Council elected to cease operating all solid waste facilities in the Islands and to invite commercial carriers and other entities to submit proposals for providing these services. Concerned Lopez citizens lobbied the County Council to consider another option for Lopez which would enable a Lopez community organization to assume responsibility for the solid waste program and facility. In response to a request for a show of support, 1418 Lopez voters, property owners, and other individuals (including 962 registered voters from Lopez) signed a petition supporting establishment of a Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and pledging to help fund the District with property tax support. The Council appointed an Advisory Board to pursue development of a program and negotiate terms with the County. On June 26, 2012, the Council formally established a Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and appointed a five-member Board of Directors.


LSWDD will be a success only if the entire community pitches in. Once LSWDD begins to take over operation of the Lopez Dump in January 2013, many volunteers will be needed on-site for such activities as helping at the recycling center and Take It or Leave It.  Please go to the Volunteering page for more information.

Other ways you can help include:

  • Helping with special events
  • Making a financial contribution

Thank you for supporting the Lopez Island Dump!