Waste Management


APRIL 22, 2018 - GREAT ISLANDS CLEANUP A GREAT SUCCESS!!!


Over 6,800 pounds of litter was collected by volunteers on beaches and roads across San Juan County.  Volunteers on Lopez Island diverted 36% of the litter collected to recyclables including glass bottles, cans, newspaper and other mixed paper, tires, and metal.  Way to go Lopez Island!!

Approximately 450 volunteers of all ages spent a portion of this sunny day collecting litter from ~140 road miles, 21 beach miles, and 2 acres of marsh/wetland areas.  It was great working with the coordinators and the many volunteers on each island, whose efforts made this year’s GICU a grand success!

        Mark Herrenkohl, Solid Waste Program Administrator


PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG CAMPAIGN -
In full swing throughout County

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FALL GREAT ISLANDS LITTER CLEANUP - SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - RESULTS ARE IN
LOPEZ ISLAND
  • 58 participants
  • 1,004 pounds of litter (including dock, tires from public beach) with 153 pounds diverted for recycling
  • Total Road miles = 20.5 miles
  • Total Beach miles = 8 miles
ORCAS ISLAND
  • 34 participants
  • 540 pounds of litter
  • Total Road miles = 34.8 miles
  • Total Beach miles = 2 miles
SAN JUAN ISLAND
  • 55 participants for road cleanup
  • 24 participants for beach cleanup
  • 760 pounds Including 300 pound tank removed from public beach
  • Total Road miles = 26 miles
  • Total Beach miles = 3.5 miles
SHAW ISLAND
  • 20 participants
  • 200 pounds of litter
  • Total Road miles = 7 miles
TOTALS
  • 191 Participants
  • 2,504 pounds of litter with 153 pounds diverted to recycling
  • Total Road Miles = 88.3 miles
  • Total Beach Miles = 13.5 miles
A very successful cleanup, thanks to all the coordinators and volunteers!
                                                                                                                                                    
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!!

                                                                                                                                                         
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 2018

  • San Juan Island 
    • Date: – June 15 (Businesses Only) and June 16 (Households)
    • Time: 1 - 3 pm (Businesses Only) and 10 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Lautenbach Tranfer Station
    • Address: 212 Sutton Road
  • Orcas Island
    • Date: – June 23
    • Time:  10 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Orcas Recycling Services
    • Address: 3398 Orcas Road, Eastsound, WA 98245
  • Lopez Island
    • Date June 24
    • Time:  11 am - 2 pm
    • Business: Lopez Solid Waste
    • Address: 2419 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
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