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Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP)

SWAP Vision Statement

The Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) nurtures environmental stewardship of Lopez Island and San Juan County through support of the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and other Lopez-based programs that foster responsible waste management practices.

About SWAP

SWAP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing financial and promotional support to the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and waste reduction efforts across Lopez Island.

SWAP is a tremendous asset to Lopez Island, supporting the Solid Waste District volunteers, educating the community on advanced recycling practices, and producing extremely useful goods from materials that could otherwise be considered garbage. 

SWAP was also fundamental in the formation of LSWDD. 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, SWAP initiated a community survey about service needs and organized community meetings to identify scenarios for a locally controlled solid waste and recycling program. 

SWAP contributions to LSWDD


        Supporting school activities on zero waste

        Funding community zero waste projects


        Earth Day clean-up

        Volunteer appreciation events

Purchasing equipment, materials, supplies for use at the Lopez Dump 

Fixing the holes in the Lopez Dump roads

Making cash contributions toward the general operating expenses of the Disposal District

Funding the Levy which provides tax monies that fund the Disposal District

Provide a scholarship to a graduating high school senior

Contributing to SWAP

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.

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. Or use the donate button!   

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 457
Lopez Island, WA 98261

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