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Garbage is not glamorous, but a beautiful thing happens when we make less of it.
WSU Waste Wise of Camano and Whidbey Islands is an education outreach program supported by staff and volunteers who reach into the community to share what they learn in training with others. We bring ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle to you. We can talk about composting and vermiculture or help you learn how to safely handle household hazardous wastes. We can give you simple steps on living more lightly.
Waste Wise works at schools, fairs, information booths, businesses and other settings. This work is important because:
Our global and local trash production continues to climb
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, trash 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.
Dumped illegally, liquid latex paint can be a hazard by plugging or damaging septic fields, overloading sewage treatment plants and creating environmental hazards on the ground. Residents should dry out [...]