Waste Management

FALL LITTER CLEANUP - SEPTEMBER 30 (10AM-2PM)
More information provided soon.......


2017 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE NUMBERS ARE IN!!
  • Waldron Island - 26 households - 7,837 pounds
  • San Juan Island - 116 households - 13,788 pounds
  • Orcas Island - 132 households - 13,430 pounds
  • Lopez Island - 101 households - 7,638 pounds
  • Blakely Island - 35 households - 3,895 pounds
  • Decatur Island - 23 households - 3,134 pounds

TOTAL HHW COLLECTION IN 2017 = 49,722 POUNDS (~25 TONS)

2017 GREAT ISLANDS CLEANUP NUMBERS ARE IN!!
  • Orcas Island - 2,670 pounds
  • San Juan Island - 2,340 pounds
  • Lopez Island - 1,112.2 pounds (of which 310 pounds diverted to recycle/reuse)
  • Shaw Island - 600 pounds

In addition, the Ecology Youth Corps collected litter from San Juan Island and Orcas Island a few days before the event.  The additional litter for each island:

  • San Juan Island - 260 pounds
  • Orcas Island - 175 pounds

TOTAL LITTER CLEANUP - 7,157 POUNDS

With their contribution to the Great Islands Cleanup, the Ecology Youth Crews completed the 2015-2017 cleanup in San Juan County.  Crews worked 805 hours this biennium, removing 6,278 pounds of debris from 107 miles of road and 246 acres of beaches and access areas. 
THANKS SO MUCH FOR HELPING TO KEEP SAN JUAN COUNTY CLEAN!!

APRIL 22, 2017 - GREAT ISLANDS CLEANUP (0900-1200)

Islanders and visitors are invited to join in the fun and help give San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Islands their annual spring cleaning on EARTH DAY! Last year during the Great Islands Clean-Up, over 400 people collected about 6200 pounds of litter from the roadsides and beaches of Orcas, San Juan and Lopez islands.  This year we expect even more success with the addition of Shaw Island to the event!

Litter-picker-uppers can work as individuals, families, or as part of a larger group.  Please check the link below for more information including contacts for each island.  Thank you in advance for participating in keeping our islands clean!!

Great Islands Cleanup

MAY 1, 2017 - EFFECTIVE DATE OF SAN JUAN COUNTY ORDINANCE REGULATING SINGLE-USE CONSUMER BAGS IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS

Bring your Own Bag!

San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor recently passed ordinances regulating single-use carryout bags by retail establishments, to help reduce waste and impact to our water and wildlife.  As of May 1, retailers will no longer provide the thin plastic carryout bags with handles you often see floating in our harbors and waterways, and alongside our roads. All retailers will migrate to recyclable paper or reusable bags including heavier plastic bags. In-store collection bags for vegetables, fruits, meats, and other bulk items are still allowed.  Please do your part to help protect our fragile environment, and assist retailers in making the switch away from plastics, by bringing your own reusable bags when shopping.  We appreciate your effort! 

Frequently asked questions (and answers) are provided in the following link.
FAQ Plastic Bags

2016 LITTER STATISTICS ARE IN!!!

The link below provides all of the litter collection details for the northwestern counties of Washington State, including San Juan County.

2016 Litter Statistics

Washington state has a system of waste management that relies on partnerships among state and local governments and the private sector. State law requires Ecology to develop regulations for solid waste handling and disposal facilities, and a state plan. Local governments are required to develop local plans that align with the state plan and address their needs for managing waste.


Hazardous Waste Collection Events 2017

  • Waldron Island
    • Date: - May 20
    • Time:  11 am - 2 pm
    • Location:  Fire Shelter, Center of Island and West of Airport
  • San Juan Island 
    • Date: – June 16 (Businesses Only) and June 17 (Households)
    • Time: 1 - 3 pm (Businesses Only) and 10 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Lautenbach Tranfer Station
    • Address: 212 Sutton Road
  • Orcas Island
    • Date: – June 24
    • Time:  10 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Orcas Recycling Services
    • Address: 3398 Orcas Road, Eastsound, WA 98245
  • Lopez Island
    • Date June 25
    • Time:  11 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Lopez Solid Waste
    • Address: 2419 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
  • Blakely Island
    • Date:  July 29
    • Time:  9 am - 11 am
    • Location:  BIMC Marina
    • Address:  Marina Drive
  • Decatur Island
    • Date:  July 29
    • Time:  2 pm - 4 pm
    • Location:  Public Works Gravel Yard
    • Address:  Decatur Head Road
Businesses should provide an inventory in advance of the event. A link to a registration form to complete and return can be found in the “Business Registration Form” link below or contact the Solid Waste Program Administrator at 370-0534.

Business Registration Form