Take It or Leave It


Zero Waste

While zero waste thru recycling and reuse is our goal, we also recognize that there is still a need for waste disposal. Please look at the resources in this section to better understand all of your options.  Thank you.

Recycle/Disposal Guide (Updated 7/28/2015) 


The following fee schedule will be in effect until further notice.

LSWDD Fee Schedule 12-18-14



Garbage and recyclables deposited at the Lopez Dump travel to different destinations depending upon the material and market values for recyclables.  Here’s where our stuff goes currently:

GARBAGE:  Trucked to the Skagit County Transfer Station in Mount Vernon, where it's compacted into containers and then travels by rail some 300 miles to the 2545-acre Roosevelt Landfill in Klickitat County near the Columbia River

RECYCLING: Travels by truck, usually in bales, to Skagit River Steel & Recycling in Burlington. From there:

Cardboard goes to a Port Townsend paper mill to be reprocessed into Kraft paper, linerboard, and specialty cardboard components

Mixed paper gets trucked to Seattle and loaded onto a container ship bound for China

Plastics also go to Seattle for loading onto a container ship bound for China

Aluminum cans travel by truck to Seattle and then by rail for recycling at an Anheuser-Busch plant in Alabama or Alcoa/Evermore Recycling plant in Tennessee

Steel gets trucked to a Seattle foundry for processing into rebar and other basic products

GLASS:  Trucked to Lopez Sand & Gravel on Channel Road for use as inert fill material in their sand pit