2019 Great Island Clean Up
Saturday 20th April 2019
10 am - 2pm
Help us make the San Juan Islands Plastic Free!
Join in the county-wide clean-up and collect litter from public beaches and roadways.
Litter collections will be taking place on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw Islands.
Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will be available at the San Juan County Public Works office on Spring Street during the week before the event, and on all islands the day of the event. Check with your island’s organizer for more information.
San Juan Island
Central location: Bonnie's Creative Passions
Pick-up your trash collection equipment at our central meet location next to Bonnie's Creative Passions, 635 Spring Street in Friday Harbor or meet at South Beach via Pickett's Lane. You can also be pre-assigned a roadway or public beach! Be sure to bring back what you collect for the great islands diversion challenge by 2pm. If you have questions about what is recyclable, there will be people on hand to help you.
Friday Harbor Elementary School Drop-in Clean-up, 11:30am – 1pm: Help make the elementary school litter-free! Bring the whole family as we clean-up the school grounds. Gloves, litter grabbers, and trash bags will be provided. Share and RSVP on Facebook.
Post Event Fun:
After party at San Juan Island Brewing, 3 -5pm, co sponsored by the Stewardship Network and San Juan Island Brewing. Bring a photo of you participating in the GICU to get a pint for $1! Raffle for all ages too.
Contact: Katie Fleming (360) 378-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Blossom Grocery Store and Lopez Dump
Meet before 10am at Blossom Grocery Store parking lot to pick up trash collection equipment and receive beach and roadway assignments. Coffee and goodies will be provided to fuel your efforts!
Bring your collected trash, separated into recyclables and garbage to the County Public Works shop next to the Lopez Dump on Fisherman Bay Road before 2 pm to partake in the great islands diversion challenge!
Post Event Fun:
After party at Islander Resort Bar. $3 Draft Beers and House Wine for GICU Participants from 3-5pm.
Contact: Nick Teague - email@example.com or 360-468-3754
Amanda Wedow - firstname.lastname@example.org
Central location: Village Green, Eastsound
Meet at the Village Green in Eastsound to pick-up your trash collection equipment and be assigned a beach or roadway. Be sure to bring back what you collect to the Village Green before 2 pm for the great islands diversion challenge.
Post Event Fun:
After party reception at Island Hoppin Brewery 4 - 6pm
On Sunday 21st, 10am - 7pm Earth Day will be celebrated with a festival at Orcas Center in Eastsound, featuring a junk art show, with a Trashion Fashion show, Earth Day events, presentations and demonstrations.
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Contact: Pete Moe at (360) 376-4089 or email@example.com
Contact Jennifer Woodbridge for prior to the 20th to pick up trash collection equipment.
Bring your trash and recyclables to the community building for separation into bins. If you need help taking your bags to the community building contact Jennifer before the 20th to make arrangements.
Contact: Jennifer Woodbridge - firstname.lastname@example.org or 360 378 7948
A community forum for imagining the future of solid waste in the San Juan Islands.
“Talking Trash” is an exciting workshop hosted by the Marine Resources Committee during Earth Week. The event will be held on April 25, 2019 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor from 5 – 7 PM. The workshop which aims to share ideas about how to reduce waste and reuse what you already have. It will be fun, educational, and positive!
Workshop participants will also get to see the final art pieces that will be created by local artists from the litter collected during the Great Islands Clean-up and see first-hand an artistic reuse of garbage found in the marine environment.
The “Talking Trash” workshop series was started on Orcas Island by Orcas Recycling Services. The current workshop on San Juan Island will be led by Karin Roemers-Kleven, Chair of the San Juan County Marine Resource Committee (SJC MRC), and lead of the MRC’s subcommittee addressing marine debris committee called “Plastic Free Salish Sea.” Presenters will include Mark Herrenkohl, San Juan County’s Solid Waste Manager, Nikyta Palmasani from Lopez Island Solid Waste Disposal District, Frances Robertson, San Juan County’s Marine Program Coordinator and Katie Fleming from Friends of the San Juans.
Workshop facilitation, Marine Resources Committee Chair
Plastic Free Salish Sea
Karin developed Plastic Free Salish Sea in 2018. PFSS is a subcommittee of the MRC that partners with non-profits and leaders of the islands’ waste management services. The vision is to reduce reliance on single use plastics and educate citizens throughout the Salish Sea area on how to reduce and reuse.
Solid Waste Manager, San Juan County
Waste Reduction & Recycling
The global recycling issue is impacting recycling outlets throughout North America, including here. We will share the County's "Recycle Right" message that aims to reduce contamination of recyclables and improve our community's ability to divert more of their waste away from landfill.
Community Engagement Director, Friends of the San Juans
Do you know where your trash goes? And how much energy it takes to get to its final destination? Katie will review the life-cycle of every day products from how their made, to how their used, to where they end up when we throw them in either the landfill or recycling trash.
Training, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District
Remaking the future
Nikyta will provide an overview of the past and future of recycling, introduce the Lopez ReMake Lab and the Lopez Island "Year to Zero" Reuse innovations. She will also share ideas of how best practices can be shared island to island and even further afield.
L E A R N M O R E
Solid Waste Management
Links, contacts and operating hours for all waste management and recycling services in San Juan County.
The Last Straw
Learn how to reduce your reliance on single use plastic utensils and which establishments around the county have signed onto the campaign.
Marine Resources Committee
Plastic Free Salish Sea is the brainchild of the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. Learn more about the MRC here.