In 2015 Bradshaw got Lopez, Shaw and San Juan island onboard for what would be the first county-wide “Great Islands Clean-up” (plural). Soon after, San Juan County Public Works got involved, offering organizational support and funding through state litter grant funds. In 2016 Orcas introduced a fall clean-up event, and since then other islands have followed suit. The Great Islands Clean-up continues to be a valuable community event that helps keep our roads and beaches litter-free!
Some of the favorite items for litterers are beer cans and beer bottles with Corona and Rainier being the most popular brands being tossed out. Ironically, the aluminum Rainier cans are free to recycle but have to get tossed into the solid waste when picked up on the roads and beaches because of contamination.
We hope to see you out at the Spring or Fall event. Reach out to your island contact with any questions and follow the Great Islands Clean-up Facebook page.