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Waste Wise

Program Contact: Sarah Bergquist, Waste Wise Program Coordinator
(360) 639-6062 •

WSU Waste Wise of Camano & Whidbey Islands

Garbage is not glamorous, but a beautiful thing happens when we make less of it.

Waste Wise LogoWSU 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:
  • 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.


Waste Reduction Survey Results

Survey Final - click to view

Household Hazardous Waste

Residents in Island County can dispose of household hazardous waste for free at county transfer facilities on Whidbey and Camano Islands. For a list of locations, hours and what is accepted click the link below. Click…

About Waste Wise Volunteers

Waste Wise Volunteers come from all walks of life and share the conviction that we must care for these beautiful islands to protect our quality of life.

Island County Waste

Curbside recycling, self-sorting, and proper disposal of household hazardous waste...


Island County encourages and rewards recycling by not charging a disposal fee for most recyclables.