The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District depends upon contributions to augment income from disposal fees, sale of recyclables, and the property tax levy. The tax levy covers approximately one-third of annual operating expenses.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution either to SWAP (Solid Waste Alternatives Program) or to the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District. All contributions will further the mission and activities of the Lopez Island Dump.


SWAP (Solid Waste Alternatives Program) is a non-profit organization that provides financial and program support to the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and promotes responsible waste management on Lopez Island. Financial contributions to SWAP are used to support the goals and operations of the Disposal District by:

. Purchasing equipment, materials, and/or supplies for use at the Lopez Dump—for example, the backhoe!

. Making cash contributions toward the general operating expenses of the Disposal District

. Funding programs that support Lopez Dump operations—for example, recruiting volunteers to work at the site and staffing an information booth at Saturday Market

. Funding activities and programs that promote responsible waste management practices—such as school presentations and educational displays

SWAP is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. To contribute to SWAP, send your check made out to “SWAP” to P.O. Box 457, Lopez Island, WA 98261. SWAP will send a receipt acknowledging your contribution to keep with your tax records.


Note: The following Donor Privacy Policy applies only to donations made to SWAP. As a public agency, the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District must make records available upon request.

Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) respects the privacy of our donors. Unless otherwise stated or required by law, we do not disclose the names of our donors, their contact information, or contribution amounts.

Use of donor information. We use donor names, contact information, and contribution amounts for the purposes of processing payments and distributing acknowledgements and receipts; keeping donors informed of our activities; internal record-keeping and accounting; and fundraising. As necessary we will report such information to applicable government agencies as may be required by law.

Non-disclosure of donor information. SWAP does not rent, sell, trade, give away or publish our donor lists. We may disclose information when required by law.

On occasion (such as a targeted fundraising campaign) and with the knowledge and consent of donors, SWAP may publicly recognize the receipt and purpose of individual gifts. Data on donors and donation amounts may be aggregated and stripped of identifying information for reporting purposes (including grant applications and government filings) without the explicit consent of donors.


The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is a special district of San Juan County, a political subdivision of Washington State. Contributions made to LSWDD are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 170(c)(1), which states: “a contribution or gift to or for the use of a State, a possession of the United States, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing shall be deductible for Federal income Tax purposes, but only if the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes.”

Contributions to LSWDD can be made by cash or check at the Lopez Dump pay kiosk (including rounding up of disposal fees). Or, send your check made out to “Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District” to P.O. Box 922, Lopez Island, WA 98261.

The District will send you a receipt acknowledging your contribution to keep with your tax records.


One of the very best gifts you can make to the Lopez Island Disposal District is the gift of your time. The Lopez Dump depends upon volunteers to help out at the Recycle Plaza and the Take-It-Or-Leave-It. Please click on the Volunteer tab for more information and to sign up online.


Thank you for your contribution.