Yard & Garden Waste

The Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park accept yard waste, tree limbs, and storm debris.  Yard waste and storm debris received at the Camano Transfer Station is taken to Lenz Enterprises for composting.  Yard waste and storm debris received at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex is ground onsite twice a year.  The mulch is hauled offsite for composting. Yard waste must be un-bagged, free of garbage, and noxious weeds. Disposal fees apply.

Whidbey Island:

  • The City of Oak Harbor offers curbside yard waste pick-up in addition to garbage and recycling services.
  • The City of Langley accepts yard waste and storm debris at the Treatment Facility on Coles Road.  Yard waste tickets must be purchased in advance at City Hall. 
  • Mailliards Landing Nursery in Oak Harbor accepts yard waste, fees apply.
  • All Whidbey Topsoil in Freeland accepts branches and stumps, fees apply. 

Camano Island:

  • Waste Management offers curbside composting (food and yard waste) collection service for residents on Camano Island. 
  • Lenz Enterprises accepts yard debris for recycling, fees apply.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds are undesirable non-native plants that have economic, ecological, or aesthetic implications. Noxious weeds are often highly destructive and extremely competitive with native flora, making them very difficult to control.

Outdoor Burning

Island County Public Health issues burn permits to the residents of Island County. When a Burn Ban is not in effect, permits can be obtained at the Public Health Department in Coupeville or Camano Island. Permanent burn ban areas (except small recreational fires) include Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, and Langley. 

Native Plant Gardening

Benefits of landscaping with native plants reduces watering needs, susceptibility to pests, and provide a yard that easier to care for.  Native plants also provide food and habitat for native fauna.   Visit the Washington Native Plant Society for more information.

Non-Toxic Yard Care

Help reduce the synthetic chemical burden of Island County’s land, groundwater and the Puget Sound by practicing safer alternatives. 


Composting is nature's way of recycling organic matter which can then be used as a soil amendment, mulch, or top dressing.  Compost can be used in your garden, yard, or for your potted plants to improve soil and help retain moisture.  When organic matter is buried in a landfill, it decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) producing methane gas.  Composting allows organic matter to decompose aerobically (with oxygen) producing a nutrient rich organic, natural fertilizer.

 Backyard composting of yard debris and
 kitchen scraps can be accomplished using:
What to Compost:What not to Compost:
  • Yard debris pile
  • Buried trash can    
  • Worm bin
  • Wire cage    
  • Wood pallet bin
  • Garden trench    
  • Rotator or tumbler
  • Wood chips
  • Sawdust
  • Eggshells
  • Dry leaves
  • Straw/Hay
  • Manure (no dog or cat)
  • Grass clippings
  • Green plant trimmings
  • Animal bedding    
  • Tea & Coffee grounds
  • Vegetable & Fruit scraps
  • Weeds (without seed heads)
  • Diseased Plants
  • Meat Scraps    
  • Cat/Dog/Pig Manures
  • Dairy products    
  • Weed Seeds
  • Animal fats & bones   
  • Vegetable oils
  • Plastic/Synthetic fabrics

 See WSU Waste Wise of Island County for how-to brochures, demonstration sites and more.