WSU Waste Wise Volunteers are citizens of Camano and Whidbey Islands who are learning how to reduce garbage and teach these techniques to others.
Waste Wise Volunteers are headquartered at Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park and administered by Washington State University WSU Extension for Island County.
They receive four weeks of classroom training and then share what they’ve learned in volunteer outreach at schools, fairs, information booths, businesses and other settings. Their work is important because:
Waste Wise was born on the Beach Watcher model – offering sophisticated environmental training to county residents in return for a commitment of community service.
The Waste Wise Volunteers learn – and teach – ways to reduce, re-use and recycle garbage, and to compost as much yard waste as possible. They distribute literature and booths and fairs, sponsor recycling barrels at community events, maintain a composting demonstration site at Admiralty Head Lighthouse, and make presentations to schools and service clubs.
Read more about the program at the Waste Wise website.