Recycling

Don’t be a Spoiler, Clean Your Recyclables

Spoiler

  • Don’t bag your recyclables in plastic

  • Remove caps and lids

  • Rinse jars, bottles, and cans

  • Only clean cardboard, no grease or oil

  • Keep it clean, no liquid, food or garbage!

 For More Information, Contact Mark Herrenkohl, Solid Waste Program Administrator for San Juan County, (360) 370-0534 or markh@sanjuanco.com

RECYCLING UPDATE - DECEMBER 29, 2017 - CHANGES TO LOPEZ ONLY
The Lopez Solid Waste District regrets to inform the community of new restrictions on plastics recycling at the Lopez Dump. Mixed Plastics #1-7, plastic bags and film, and agricultural plastics are no longer able to be recycled by LSWDD. Plastics still accepted are #1 clear or lightly tinted bottles and jars (screw top lid), #2 cloudy bottles and jugs (screw top lid), and #2 colored bottles and jars (screw top lid). They must be clean and sorted.

LSWDD recycling ‘buyer’ – Skagit River Steel and Recycling – has been stockpiling some of their shipments of these materials over the past several months in hopes of a market opening up to receive them. They have not found any buyers further down the supply chain and must stop accepting them as recycling from LSWDD at this time.

As a convenience and learning opportunity for LSWDD recycling customers, they will continue to accept these plastics at the usual location in the recycling plaza until July, 2018. However, they will be deposited into the garbage dumpsters by staff daily. Please note this and make every effort to reduce consumption of these plastics or begin placing these specific recyclables into your garbage at home. Mixed plastics #1-7, plastic bags and film, and agricultural plastics are now garbage at Lopez Solid Waste until you hear otherwise. (Clean “ag plastic” planting pots may be accepted at TIOLI).

Mixed plastics #1 - #7 typically consist of the following: molded plastics, clamshells, tubs, and darkly tinted #1 bottles. A #2 yogurt container or ice cream tub is not a bottle with a screw top lid so it is no longer accepted for recycling. It’s the same molecule as a #2 cloudy milk jug or colored detergent jug but because it is not a bottle it is not accepted (illogical but that’s the rule that the recycling industry places on LSWDD).

OTHER SOLID WASTE FACILITIES - NO CHANGES!

  • San Juan Island Transfer Station.  No change, clean commingled recyclables are accepted along with garbage. Visit www.sanjuantrasferstation.net or call 360-378-8449 for updates.
  • San Juan Sanitation (Curbside Collection).  No change, clean commingled recyclables are collected curbside along with garbage. Visit www.sanjuansani.com or call 360-376-4709 for updates.
  • Orcas Island Transfer Station.  No change, clean commingled recyclables are accepted along with garbage. Visit www.exchangeorcas.org or call 360-376-4089 for updates.
  • Town of Friday Harbor (Curbside Collection).  No change, clean commingled recyclables are collected curbside along with garbage.  Visit www.fridayharbor.org/Utilities or call 360-378-2130 for updates.