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The award-winning Recycle Dogs

Volunteers fill many important roles at Lopez Solid Waste and the award-winning Recycle Dogs are no exception. This team separates out different types of recyclable metals from items like grills, lawn mowers, and appliances that are brought to the Dump for disposal.

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In 2011, San Juan County ceased operating solid waste facilities in the San Juan Islands and invited private companies to submit proposals. But a group of ​Lopez community members lobbied the County Council to consider another option — a community-led organization that would take responsibility for solid waste disposal, ensuring the health of people and the environment would come before profit. 

 

1,418 Lopez voters and property owners signed a petition in support and on June 26, 2012, the Council formally established the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District (LSWDD) with a five-member Board of Directors. On January 1, 2013, LSWDD assumed full control of solid waste disposal on Lopez Island. ​

LSWDD Services

Garbage & Rates

Residential and commercial customers can dispose of garbage at our site during business hours for a fee.

Recyling

Customers can recycle many clean and self-sorted materials on-site during business hours — here's a complete list of what can be recycled!

Take It or Leave It (TIOLI)

We provide a community space for free exchange of reusable items and divert what can't be reused into recycle streams.

PaintCare

We ensure that leftover paint is reused, remixed into recycled paint, or properly disposed. 

Household Hazardous Waste

One annual opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive, and hazardous chemicals.

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