Recycling

Residential and commercial customers can recycle the following materials at our site during business hours for free if items are clean and self-sorted.

Commingled recycling is accepted for a fee of $5 per bag and can contain only those recyclables being accepted as listed below. 

Print version of Recycle/Disposal Guide (Current as of Apr 2018 - most current guidelines are below)

Paper Products

  • Mixed Paper

  • Paper and newsprint

  • Books and envelopes,

  • Thin noncorrugated cardboard, egg cartons, paper bags

  • Corrugated Cardboard

  • Corrugated “wavy center” cardboard (no need to flatten or
    remove tape and staples). 
    No waxed, dirty, or stained cardboard.

  • Shredded Paper

Put all shredded paper into a paper bag and tape or staple

securely closed. Unsecured shredded paper creates a huge

mess that is difficult to clean up.

Plastic Products (remove all lids & tops and place in lid bin)

NO containers for motor oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, hazardous

waste (anything with toxic warnings).

Accepting

  • Clear & Lightly Tinted (no dark) Bottles (example: soda & water bottles) #1 and #2 

  • Cloudy Bottles & Jugs (example: Cloudy Milk & Gallon Water Jugs) #1 and #2

  • Solid White & Color Bottles & Jugs  (example: Solid White Milk & Colored Detergent Jugs) #1 and #2

Not currently accepting:

  • Bags/Film

  • Mixed

  • Vinyl Plastic bags, Visqueen, bubble wrap.

  • Clean lumber wrap, and completely clean and empty plastic feed and soil amendment bags.

  • Woven plastic

 

Glass Products

  • Only bottles and jars. All colors. Labels and neck wrappings are acceptable. Put caps, corks and lids in container provided.

No PYREX, windows, mirrors, plate glass, light bulbs ceramics or drinking glasses.​

  • We accept separated glass at no cost, however glass is not recycled. Glass is deposited in a gravel pit on-island as reclamation to refill the pit (inert landfill).

Metal Products

  • Aluminum cans and lids  (check with our magnet if unsure - aluminum does not stick to a magnet).

  • Aluminum foil, trays, and pans (flatten the foil and include only clean items please).

No colored foil

  • Steel cans and lids (check with our magnet if unsure - steel will stick to a magnet).

No aerosol or pressurized steel containers - these are garbage.

  • Ferrous metals (non-food and beverage) 

  • Pure Scrap Steel and Iron.

  • Non-ferrous Scrap Metal

  • Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Bronze, Stainless Steel

  • Wire

  • Insulated or bare copper or aluminum electrical wire

  • Mixed Steel (Small household appliances)

  • Ferrous Metal (50% or more steel or iron). Small items with limited rust accepted at no charge.

Automotive fluids, oil and other petroleum-based products

Absolutely no gasoline or water contaminated fluids

  • Motor oil (5-gallon limit per day)

  • Hydraulic fluid

  • Kerosene

  • Transmission Fluid

  • Diesel fuel (5-gallon limit per day)

  • Antifreeze, used or new (5-gallon limit per day)

 

Batteries

  • All rechargeable batteries including lead acid car batteries, portable power tool batteries, cell phone, and portable device

batteries.

  • Non-rechargeable lithium batteries are also accepted.

NO CHARGE FOR NOXIOUS WEEDS AND ROAD/BEACH LITTER—ASK FOR DETAILS

We also offer the following services with the goal of Zero Waste in mind: 

  • Take It or Leave It (TIOLI) A free exchange of goods for the entire Lopez Community.Commingled Recycling This is a fee item for anything above 1 grocery bag per day. Includes clean self-separated items listed on the inside of this guide and paper coffee/soda cups with lids, milk/juice/ice cream cartons, plastic spray pumps, paper plates, napkins, towels, clamshell packaging, blister packaging, six pack rings and plastic items with no recycle number. No garbage! Empty your bag in Bin.

Where does our recycling go?

Clean, sorted recyclables are baled before travelling by truck and ferry to Skagit River Steel & Recycling  (SRSR) in Burlington, WA.

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 gets trucked to Lopez Sand & Gravel on Channel Road for use as inert fill material in their sand pit

E-Waste

In 2006, Washington State adopted a product stewardship law that requires the establishment of a system to recycle electronic wastes, including computers, monitors, laptop computers, and televisions. This system may not charge consumers to drop off materials and is financed by manufacturers of the electronic equipment. Rules to implement this law, WAC 173-900, Electronic Products Recycling Program, were adopted in October 2007. The new system became effective January 1, 2009. A list of take-back locations and further details may be found at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle/.

Plastic Bag Ban

San Juan County banned single-use carryout plastic bags in retail establishments effective May 1, 2017 (SJC Ordinances No. 10-2016 & 2-2017). A single-use plastic carryout bag is defined as any bag that is less than 2.25 mils (0.00225 inches) thick and is made from plastic or any nonrenewable resource. If a bag is provided to a customer at the point of sale by a retail establishment, the bag must be a reusable bag or a recycled paper bag. Plastic bags used inside stores for bulk foods, meats and produce, unwrapped bakery goods, flowers and potted plants, and prescription medications. 

Agricultural Plastics

Agricultural plastics are accepted at the three solid waste facilities in the County. The collected plastics are recycled or reused by local farmers and growers. Local coordinators and planners from the WSU Extension Master Gardeners Program, Agricultural Education Service, the Agricultural Resources Committee, the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and local agricultural and gardening businesses have indicated an interest in sustaining an agricultural plastics recycling program in the County.

Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District (LSWDD)

PO Box 922

2419 Fisherman Bay Rd

Lopez Island, WA 98261

www.lopezsolidwaste.org

(360) 468-2555

Current Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday all services, 11am-3pm

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