The Skagit County Master Composter/Recycler Program offers free workshops throughout spring and fall. Learn to turn yard and garden debris, even kitchen food scraps, into rich, soil amending compost for your lawn and garden. Compost helps break up clay soils, drain and retain water, and feed your soils naturally over the long term. Troubleshooting questions welcome!
When: Tuesday evenings
April 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
May 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
June 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
September 4th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
October 9th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet in the main outdoor pavilion at the WSU Discovery Garden; 16650 State Route 536 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (Off Memorial Hwy).
All clinics are FREE and open to the public. Clinics will be held rain or shine, bring your gardening attire, & dress for the weather.
The Skagit County Hazardous Waste Facility no longer
accepts latex paints. New research shows latex paints can safely
be placed into the garbage if they are solidified (dried).
What is Latex Paint?
Look on the can for key words, water based, soap
and water clean up. Oil based paint will have key words,
alkyd, and clean up using solvents.
How to solidify (dry) Latex Paint
Small amounts (less than 1 inch): Remove lid and paint will dry.
Large amounts: Mix 50/50 with kitty litter, sawdust, or shredded
paper or mix in a commercial paint hardener like Waste Away.
Paint is dry enough when it has an oatmeal-like consistency and
will not spill out of can.
How to dispose of solidified (dry) Latex paint
Remove the lid and throw away with your garbage
Do not throw away ANY liquid paint or paint cans with lids intact
Research shows latex paint/stains can safely be placed into the
garbage if they are solidified (dry)
Just say no to wasteful living:
- Say no to disposable items
- Say no to packaging
no to junk mail
- Sound Shredding & Recycling
For information about free confidential document paper shredding
dates in your area contact Sound Shredding 360-733-7932
Reducing your consumption saves you money and our
- Look for products and packaging made from renewable resources
- Close the loop: buy products made from post-consumer recycled
- Choose products that have fewer disposable parts
- Use a reusable water bottle, travel mugs, shopping bags, lunch
- Zero Waste
Reuse is to use an item more than once. Conventional
reuse is when something is used again for the same function. New-life
reuse is when an item is used for a new function. By taking useful
products and exchanging them, without reprocessing, reuse helps
save time, money, energy and resources. What can you reuse today,
before throwing it out or recycling it?
Community Education Programs
Zero-Waste Schools: Skagit County's Public Works
Solid Waste Division Community Outreach Specialist provides a number
of education programs to schools, including:
- Classroom Visits: we'll visit your student's classroom to
teach them about recycling, composting, and resource reduction.
We offer a unit on decomposition, and a unit on waste reduction/recycling.
Teachers can choose one or both. Intended for grades 4-6.
- Waste-Free Lunch Program: we'll apply zero-waste principles
to creating a waste-free lunch box for students from kindergarten
to high school. Participation in this program can help your
school attain a zero-waste cafeteria with a comprehensive compost
and recycling system.
- Waste Audits: we'll conduct an audit of one school's days
waste and recycling to determine how much is being recycled
and how much is being thrown away that could be recycled, and
look for opportunities to reduce or prevent waste.
- Tours: upon completion of the new Skagit County Transfer and
Recycling Station in 2012, we'll offer tours and small group
discussions for elementary through high school classrooms.
Master Composter/Recycler Program
Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer Training: we offer yearly free
comprehensive training in recycling and composting in exchange for
volunteer service. Find
us on Facebook
Valley Herald Recycling Columns
For more information
|Contact Callie Martin, Skagit County Public Works
Solid Waste Division Community Outreach Specialist, (360) 416-1575,