WSU Waste Wise of Camano & Whidbey Islands
Garbage is not glamorous, but a beautiful thing happens when we make less of it.
WSU Waste Wise of Camano and Whidbey Islands who are learning how to reduce garbage and teach these techniques to others. They receive four weeks of classroom training and then share what they’ve learned in volunteer outreach at schools, fairs, information booths, businesses and other settings. Their work is important because:
- We have no active landfill in Island County
- Our drinking water comes from underground
- We live in a beautiful place and want to keep it that way
Island County is made up of islands. Most of our drinking water comes from groundwater. To protect our drinking water, Island County closed its Coupeville landfill in 1992 and converted it to a transfer station. All solid waste is transported out-of-county – in fact, to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in south central Washington!
On Camano and Whidbey Islands, garbage is collected at five transfer points called drop-box facilities, located at Camano Hill Road, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland and Bayview. It is then trucked to a railhead on the mainland, where it is loaded aboard trains and transported to Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington, for disposal. This is expensive and cumbersome.
The Waste Wise is a program Washington State University Extension, Island County and supported by Island County Solid Waste. You will find us at the WSU Extension Office in the Coupeville. We are located at 406 N. Main Street.
For additional information, please call or write:
Sarah Bergquist, Waste Wise Program Educator and Coordinator
- Phone: (360) 639-6062
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAX: (360) 678-6680
- WSU Extension – Island County – 406 N. Main, Coupeville, WA 98239
If you live on Camano you can also contact your Camano-based Coordinator, Ann Precup at (360) 639-4608.
Waste Wise Volunteers: Visit the Waste Wise Volunteers Page for up-to-date volunteer opportunities.