Survey Of Options For Lopez Solid Waste Now Available

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Solid Waste Alternatives Project – SWAP
Please let us know what you think! An on line survey is available at

This year is a critical year for deciding the fate of solid waste in our county. Decisions made by the County Council will affect Lopez. The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by the Port of Lopez is working diligently to protect the interests of Lopezians and upgrade customer service at our facility.

At its regular meeting on June 3, the Citizen Advisory Committee approved a memo to the community outlining solid waste options for community discussion (Download PDF now). All members of the Lopez community are invited to read it and comment. The memo provides background on the practicalities of garbage and recycling on the island and proposes three alternative ways of funding a locally controlled solid waste system:
■Option 1: A traditional garbage-driven model
■Option 2: Funding through taxes
■Option 3: Voluntary funding by users

Before July 5 we would like to get at least 1,200 responses to this questionnaire. Please pass this on to your neighbors and friends. Paper copies are also available for people who do not regularly use computers. Please drop by the Lopez Library to pick up paper copies. Paper copies may be mailed to:
Port of Lopez
PO Box 907
Lopez Island, WA 98261

(by John Ryan)

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