2017 Junk Bond

In response to the many requests, we now have another Junk Bond!  Daphne Morris, Lopez artist, created the 2017, Series D, Junk Bond.  The bonds are for sale for $25.00 at the SWAP booth in the Lopez Saturday Farmers’ Market.  All proceeds go to support the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District.  Junk Bonds A – C were created by artists Kate Scott, Nancy Bingham, and Brenna Jael.  Look for us at the Farmers’ Market! 



Greetings from the Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) board.  We are posting this for three reasons.  One is to introduce Renee Koplan, as our newest board member.  She is owner and baker for Dessert Pedaler Cakery.  You may have seen her and her amazing cakes at the Saturday Farmers’ Market.  We welcome Renee, her good ideas and her positive energy to the board.  

Secondly we want to update you on what we have been doing.  We worked with the levy drive, which keeps our disposal district solvent.  Thank you for your votes!  We supported the December volunteer appreciation event and set up the library art display with creations from the Trashion-Fashion event. We also worked with the event to appreciate our many volunteers and to celebrate the contributions of retiring Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District (LSWDD) board members.  

The final and most important reason that we are communicating with you is to let you know that there are many ways that you can support our LSWDD and have listed some of those ways.  Please look over the list and let us know if any of these opportunities interest you.  To continue the success story of our dump, we need many of us, each doing what we can.  

Volunteer Needs

FARMERS’ MARKET – Join with others to form a team of folks who take turns working a SWAP table at the Lopez Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May 20, 2017 through September 9, 2017.  We will have a training meeting and have a calendar for folks to sign up for the Saturdays they are willing to work alone or with a partner.  A great opportunity to have conversations about reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling!

GRAPHICS/PHOTOS – Would you help us with photos and/or designs for mailings that go out?

LEVY-This job is to oversee and/or help with the filing of and publicity for the state required levy in which we tax ourselves for funding of the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District.  Rhea Miller has overseen this for the past three years, has information on what to do and how to do it and is happy to mentor anyone who takes on this task!

VOUNTEERS ON SITE – Each day the dump is open, each shift requires four volunteers, two at the Take-It-Or-Leave-It (TIOLI) and two at the Recycle Plaza.  The training is informative and once you have it, you can choose which shifts and how many shifts. For more information, go to http://www.lopezsolidwaste.org/volunteer/ Added perk: the wearing of a fine safety vest!

EVENT COMMITTEES – When we plan events, we need many volunteers. May we add your name to the list of folks to contact?

ZERO WASTE – This goal sets a high bar.  Would you help make this ideal become a reality?

BOARD MEMBER – We could use an additional board member now.  We also are looking for folks who would consider board membership in one, two, or three years.

PROJECT HELP – This could be publicity for a shirt-to-skirt workshop or the setting of patio stone at the dump site or addressing envelopes for a mailing.   We would ask.  You could decide!

OTHER – Your idea to help out!

Please let us know how you could help!  You can contact us by US mail to SWAP PO Box 457, Lopez Island, WA 98261   OR email the information to lopezswap@gmail.com.  Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address!  Thank you, kindly!


SWAP supports the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District with supplemental funds and by educating the community on responsible waste management practices, working toward zero waste.

SWAP (Solid Waste Alternatives Program) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing financial and promotional support to the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, the Lopez solid waste and recycling facility, and responsible waste management on Lopez. The organization was founded in December 2011 by concerned Lopez residents seeking a local option in response to the planned phase-out of County involvement in solid waste management. In the initial months SWAP initiated a community survey to elicit opinions about service needs and values, and organized community meetings to probe possible scenarios for a locally controlled solid waste and recycling program managed according to Lopez values. SWAP volunteers drew plans for a viable operating system and interfaced with County and Port of Lopez officials in an effort to move the process toward the goal of a Lopez-controlled and managed program. That process culminated in the decision to establish a Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and SWAP volunteers gathered signatures on petitions to demonstrate support.  The County Council officially acted to establish the Lopez District on May 26, 2012.

With the establishment of the LSWDD, which oversees the operation of the Lopez program, the role of SWAP has shifted to that of a support organization. SWAP is active in promoting and publicizing District activities by staffing a booth at the Saturday Market, hosting special events, managing the LSWDD/SWAP web site, and raising additional funding for District operations. In addition, SWAP provides educational and informational materials to promote responsible waste disposal on Lopez and  the District’s goal of “Working Toward Zero Waste.”


See SWAP Financials



SWAP is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 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

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.

Donor Privacy Policy



Kim Norton, Chair; 468-2606

Alex Nellie, Treasurer;  468-2717

Renee Koplan, Secretary

Ashwini Bartolucci, High School Board Member




2016 Trashion-Fashion Steering Committee

Co-Chairs: Raiti Waerness and Patty Ward

Ashwini Bartolucci, Gayl Beller, Pat Kuentzel, Sheila Metcalf, Kim Norton,  Nikyta Palmisani, Rebecca Presley, Jennifer Turunen, Raiti Waerness



P.O. Box 457
Lopez Island, WA 98261




SWAP Bylaws
SWAP Financials


Board Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month in the LSWDD meeting room above Blossom’s at 3:00pm

April 11

May   9

June 13

July 11

August   8

September 12

October 10

November 14

December 12