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.


  • New Procedures for Disposing of Plastic Caps and Lids (4/20/2014) -  Please separate caps from bottles and other “necked” containers and lids from plastic tubs and other “no-neck” containers and deposit them into the bins provided at the Recycle Plaza. The LSWDD staff bales all of the plastics for recycling, and … Continue reading
  • Prescription Bottles Update (4/20/2014) - According to a new directive from our recyclables market in Burlington, NO PRESCRIPTION BOTTLES CAN BE RECYCLED AT THIS TIME, EVEN WITH COMMINGLED RECYCLING. Until further notice, please place all prescription bottles and caps in with your garbage.
  • LSWDD Adopts “No-Shopping” Policy (4/19/2014) - At their meeting on April 17, 2014, the LSWDD Managing Board adopted a “No Shopping While on Duty” policy governing employees and volunteers working shifts at the Take-It-Or-Leave-It.  The full text of the policy follows.  To view in PDF format … Continue reading
  • LSWDD Board Meeting April 17 at Lopez Center (4/9/2014) - The LSWDD Managing Board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, April 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at Lopez Center. The public is welcome to attend and comment.  View the agenda.
  • Transitional Site Supervisor Hired (4/4/2014) - LSWDD PRESS RELEASE April 4, 2014: The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District has hired David Zapalac as transitional Site Supervisor. He begins work April 5th, continuing until a permanent position is posted and filled. David has experience with the District in … Continue reading
  • PRESS RELEASE: March 26, 2014 (3/26/2014) - PRESS RELEASE:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2014  Neil Hanson has inspired this island through his vision and tireless work in creating one of the finest recycling, reuse and trash facilities in the state of Washington. The board of the … Continue reading

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


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.



Click on the 2014 Solid Waste Levy Fact Sheet for information about the levy measure that will appear on the November 5 ballot.

2014 Levy Fact Sheet


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!