The San Juan County Council established the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District June 26, 2012, to assume responsibility for solid waste disposal on Lopez Island. The LSWDD assumed full formal control of the solid waste and recycling operation on January 1, 2013.


The LSWDD is governed by these goals: to be good stewards of the land by responsibly disposing of our waste, maximizing our recycling, and moving toward a strategy of “Zero Waste.”


P.O. Box 922, Lopez Island, WA 98261


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 Fact Sheet for information about the levy measure that will appear on the November 2014 ballot.

2015 Levy Fact Sheet


LSWDD Governing Board: County Council (Rick Hughes, Bob Jarman, Jamie Stephens)

LSWDD Managing Board: Sandy Bishop, Bruce Creps,  Tytti Langford, Jim Lombard, Judy Meyer, Dan Post (see below for more information).

Staff: Solid Waste Facility Manager, David Zapalac; Solid Waste Facility Administrator, Gary Lawrence;  Community Education and Training Coordinators, Gary Lawrence and Nikyta Palmisani (shared position)

Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Steckler (volunteer)


Administration and Finance: Bill Clemens, Bruce Creps,  Gary Lawrence

Operations:  Gary Lawrence, Jim Lombard, Dan Post,  David Zapalac

Take-it-Or-Leave-It: Joanne Bryant, Tytti Langford, Maria Mendez, Susan Muckle,  Nikyta Palmisani, Micki Ryan, Carol Steckler, Rose Torrez

Signage: Sandy Bishop, Mac Langford, Jim Lombard, Linda Noreen, Nikyta Palmisani


The San Juan County Council appointed the following individuals to serve on the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Managing Board.

Sandy Bishop (Chair), 468-3654 (Position #1; term expires 12/31/2016)

Bruce Creps, 468-4294 (Position #2; term expires 12/31/2016)

Dan Post, 468-4818 (Position #3; term expires 12/31/2016)

Tytti Langford (Secretary), 468-4015 (Position #4; term expires 12/31/2018)

Jim Lombard, 468-2458 (Position #5; term expires 12/31/2018)

Judy Meyer, 468-2136 (Position #6; term expires 12/31/2018)



Page Read (term expired 12/31/2014)

Larry Eppenbach (term expired 12/31/2014)



SANDY BISHOP: Currently serves as the executive director of the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT). She was a co-founder of LCLT in 1989 and has served as its executive director for over 13 years. She has been a resident of Lopez Island since 1979. In addition to creating affordable housing neighborhoods she was the project manager for the Seed Library, Lopez Skate Park, Lopez Children’s Center, Sally’s Garden project, which includes the community garden and Farmers Market spaces. She serves as the chair of the SJC Housing Bank Commission and the Islands Energy Coalition and remains involved in Lopez Village Planning. Some of the projects she has worked on have received recognition in the NY Times and have been awarded regional and national awards. She lives with her partner Rhea, and together they teach and speak regionally and nationally on the subject of unleashing the power of community. Term of appointment: 4 years.

BRUCE CREPS: Moved to Lopez in 2003 with his wife, Sheila. Bruce is the owner of Notable Woods (, a small business supplying specialty woods for use in creating musical instruments. Prior to moving here Bruce was the general manager of Burley Design Cooperative, a worker-owned manufacturer of bicycles and accessories located in Eugene, Oregon. From 2005-2011 he served on the Lopez Community Land Trust board. Currently his household and business combined produce 4 cans of garbage per year, and he hopes to cut that in half in the next three years. Term of appointment: 4 years.

DAN POST: Born and Raised in the San Juan Islands, after school Dan spent ten years in the active military and then worked another six years for the Army testing weapons at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. Dan moved back to Lopez where he commercially fishes for salmon and, for 25 years, owned and operated Lopez Island Freight, a trucking business. In the mid 1990’s for about four years Dan had a relationship with the Lopez Island Transfer Station and transported the self-separated recycles at a profit to not only himself but also a profit to the County. He has a vision of a Solid Waste facility that strives for less garbage and more recycling, which through sound marketing, efficiencies, and flexibility will be financially viable. He has been a Commissioner for the Port of Lopez since the early 1990’s and is currently overseeing a resurfacing project at the Lopez Island Airport with a construction budget of well over 2 million dollars. Term of appointment: 4 years.

TYTTI LANGFORD:  Tytti was born and raised in Finland and received her nursing degree there. Eventually she ended up in California, where she became an Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Tytti came to Lopez in 1972 with her husband and son to visit. The next day they were happy owners of property at Flat Point. “It was love at first sight and felt like home.” Then it took 20 years of clearing the property and building their home with Tytti taking the job of the Medical Clinic manager. After retiring from the Clinic she took on creating the Hamlet House Adult Family Home on Lopez and managing that for a while. Since she had been raised to recycle and repurpose since a child, LSWDD was a self-evident transition a new interest. Tytti’s other hobbies are container gardening, reading, music and family.

JIM LOMBARD: Jim moved to Lopez Island in 2013. He was born in Yakima and raised on Bainbridge Island. He attained a BS in Engineering at Oregon State, and then a degree in Materials Science from Ohio State. Most of his career was spent in the food service industry as an equipment specialist. In 1989 he joined the Montague Company in Hayward, CA, where he became the Engineering Manager until he retired in 2009. He has a sister in La Conner and a son in Seattle, in addition to a daughter and 4 grandchildren in Tucson, AZ. His interests include cycling, backpacking, sailing, and pen & ink cartoons. His interest in solid waste is to reduce it as much as possible, through recycling and repurposing. He volunteers at the LSWDD Recycle Plaza regularly.

Judy Meyer : Judy and her husband, Gene Helfman, moved to Lopez in 2007, although they had been property owners and summer visitors since the 1990’s. Judy was born in Wisconsin, went to college and grad school at University of Michigan, University of Hawaii and Cornell University. She was a professor of ecology at the University of Georgia for 30 years, teaching courses in freshwater ecology and conservation and doing research on rivers and streams. She has served on several national science advisory boards and on boards of conservation organizations. She and Gene have a son in Florida, a daughter in Utah, and a son and 3 grandchildren in Maryland. Her interests include sailing, kayaking, science to support salmon recovery, and knitting. Having taught undergraduates about the problems of solid waste disposal for many years, she is proud of what Lopez is doing to reduce, repurpose and recycle.