Zero Waste

That’s the stated goal of the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, which manages the Lopez Island Dump. We make a biweekly trip to the dump to get rid of Fry Lodge trash and sort our recycling into a wide variety of bins. Lopez recycles everything, so the sorting process gets pretty tedious. Or, fun – if you happen to be between the ages of 5 and 7. Henry and Ruby love going to the dump so they can help sort. The corrugated cardboard conveyor belt is their favorite station. I always have to make sure there’s enough cardboard for each of them to throw onto the belt. Tossing glass bottles into the glass dumpster is pretty fun, too. Oh, and the magnet to determine whether a can is steel or aluminum could easily amuse them for an afternoon. I think our collective favorite thing about the dump, though, is “the mall,” where people are encouraged to leave discarded objects instead of throwing them away. This place is swarming with Lopezians on weekends. Yes, we have a slightly different lifestyle than we did in the West Village.



About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at
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