coupeville solid waste 2021

About the Class

10:00 - 11:00 AM Session 1
Speaker: Sarah Bergquist

As the WSU Extension Island County Waste Wise Program Coordinator, Sarah will share the environmental, economic, and societal benefits of composting, recycling, reducing, and reusing, as well as covering the impacts consumerism has on our planet.

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.

As carbon-intensive as this process is, it is important to point out that the “waste” end of a product is only one portion of its environmental impact. Sarah will address how our consumer habits contribute to climate change and how essential it is not just to recycle, but to examine our purchasing habits.

Waste Wise is a program of WSU Extension, Island County, and is supported by Island County Solid Waste and the Lighthouse Environmental Program.

Affiliation: https://extension.wsu.edu/island/nrs/waste-wise/

About the Speaker

Sarah Bergquist

Educator and Coordinator of the WSU Extension Waste Wise program.n the summer of 2022, Sarah was named Interim Director of WSU-Extension Island County when...