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The Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up

What?  The hazardous waste roundup collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals.

Why?  Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste.  Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment.

Where?  At Lopez Solid Waste (aka, "The Dump")


When?  Annually in June. Dates for 2023 will be announced in the spring of 2023.

What can I bring?  Pesticides, fungicides and other poisons, gasoline and other used fuels, wood preservatives, solvents and thinners, pool and photo chemicals, resins, corrosives, degreasers, cleaning products, mercury, rechargeable batteries, propane cylinders, and aerosols. 

What not to bring?  The following are not accepted at the roundup:

  • Flares, explosives, or ammunition – deliver these to the Sheriff's Office. 

  • Antifreeze, motor oil (unless the oil is mixed with water or other fuels), and vehicle batteries – recycle at your island’s solid waste facility during regular business hours. 

  • Spent fluorescent light tubes and bulbs – bring to the Exchange or OPALCO on Orcas, Ace Hardware and OPALCO on San Juan, and Lopez Solid Waste on Lopez.

  • Children or pets.  These are not hazardous waste and we want to keep them safe!

  • We encourage you to take your latex and oil-based paints and stains to the nearest PaintCare recycling site outside of these events to leave enough room for other products – ORS/the Exchange on Orcas, Ace Hardware on San Juan, and Lopez Solid Waste on Lopez all participate in this program.

How much will it cost?  There is NO CHARGE at this year's roundup for HOUSEHOLDS disposing of 25 gallons or less of hazardous waste. Your disposal costs are being paid by the San Juan County Solid Waste Program and Washington Department of Ecology.  BUSINESSES will be charged for their disposal costs and must pre-register 10 days before the event (call or email Katie at 360-762-5821 or to register).

You will also find additional information about the Household Hazardous Waste Roundup by visiting the San Juan County HH Waste page here:

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