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Yard & Garden Waste

 

The Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Transfer Station 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.  Most of the mulch is hauled offsite for composting but the County does retain some mulch which is available to the public for FREE on a first come bases.  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 braches and stumps which they mulch for compost, 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.

Composting

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:
Yard debris pile
Buried trash can
Worm bin
Wire cage
Wood pallet bin
Garden trench
​Rotator or tumbler
What to Compost:
​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)
What not to Compost:
Diseased Plants
Meat Scraps
Cat/Dog/Pig Manures
Dairy products
Weed Seeds
Animal fats & bones
Vegetable oils
Plastic/Synthetic fabrics

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

Non-Toxic Yard Care

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

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides information on how to create a healthy garden with minimal or no use of synthetic chemicals.

The Washington Toxics Coalition is a great regional resource to learn about toxic products around the home and garden, and safer alternatives.

Noxious Weeds

The Terrible 10 Noxious Weeds of Island County
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.

Additional information:
Island County Noxious Weed Control Board
Washington State Weed Control Board 
Washington State Weed Control Board, Noxious Weed Disposal brochure

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.

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) includes Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, and Langley.   

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