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Volunteer at the Lopez Dump

Volunteers have an immediate and significant impact on the Lopez Dump, our truly unique waste disposal ecosystem. LSWDD volunteers:

  • Help customers sort recyclables. Volunteers help prevent contamination (i.e., no copper in the aluminum, no food waste in the plastics, no plastic in the mixed paper), ensuring our recyclables are actually recycled instead of ending up in the landfill. Effective recycling also generates income for Lopez Solid Waste, which in part enables us to continue offering free recycling! 

  • Sort and organize donations at Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI). A cherished island space, TIOLI volunteers help staff organize donations and keep spaces clean and accessible to customers. LSWDD diverts thousands of pounds of reusable items from the landfill with the help of TIOLI volunteers!

A typical volunteer shift lasts 2 to 3 hours. Volunteers have access to fresh water, snacks and sweets, bathroom and hand-washing station, sunscreen, hand warmers, chairs for breaks and umbrellas for shade. LSWDD provides all equipment, including gloves, grabbers, high-visibility vests and coats. 

To learn more and start volunteering at the Dump, email Sarah Reeves at

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