Talking trash waste reduction event

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans

Talking Trash is an exciting workshop hosted by the Marine Resources Committee during Earth Week. The event will be held from 5–7 p.m. on April 25, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The workshop is part of the Plastic-Free Salish Sea campaign which aims to share ideas about how to reduce waste and reuse what you already have. It will be fun, educational and positive.

Every day single-use plastics wash up on local beaches and are ingested by birds and wildlife life because they confuse it for prey or they get tangled up in it. Since China and India have refused America’s mixed recyclables, only limited plastic waste generated on the island can be recycled putting a huge burden on our solid waste management services. Learn about the positive ways you can all contribute to reducing waste and protecting the beautiful San Juan Islands and the surrounding fragile waters of the Salish Sea.

Workshop participants will also get to see the final art pieces that will be created by local artists from the litter collected during the Great Islands Clean-up and see first-hand an artistic reuse of garbage found in the marine environment.

Talking Trash was started by Orcas Recycling Services. The current workshop on San Juan Island will be led by Karin Roemers-Kleven, San Juan County Marine Resource Committee chair member and lead of the MRC’s subcommittee addressing marine debris committee named Plastic-Free Salish Sea. Presenters will include San Juan County Solid Waste Manager Mark Herrenkohl, Nikyta Palmasani from Lopez Island Solid Waste Disposal District, San Juan County Marine Program Coordinator Frances Robertson and Katie Fleming from Friends of the San Juans.

Last year, Orcas resident, videographer and MRC member Carl Davis created a film titled “Plastic-Free Salish Sea,” to inspire people around the region to reuse and reduce. Watch the film and learn more about the campaign at

Snacks will be provided, but bring your own water bottle and utensils to help reduce waste during the event.

To learn more about the Marine Resources Committee, visit

For information about Friends of the San Juans, visit

Talking trash waste reduction event
Talking trash waste reduction event