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.
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.
See Island County Waste Wise Program for how-to brochures, demonstration sites and more.
Help reduce the synthetic chemical burden of Island County’s land, groundwater and the Puget Sound by practicing safer alternatives.
United States Environmental Protection Agency provides information on how to create a healthy garden with minimal or no use of synthetic chemicals.
Washington Toxics Coalition is a great regional resource to learn about toxic products around the home and garden, and safer alternatives.
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
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.
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.