Nooksack Valley is the disposal company of northeast Whatcom County. (Courtesy photo/Nooksack Valley Disposal)

But it’s a more competitive situation for NV Disposal & Recycling

WHATCOM — Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling topped 6 million pounds of materials recycled in 2018 for the eighth consecutive year. 

But the year also saw China, the largest consumer and processor of recyclables, ban the import of many varieties of recyclable material and impose much stricter contamination limits on other recyclables, according to Calvin Den Hartog, general manager of Nooksack Valley Disposal.

Nooksack Valley Disposal’s yard waste/food waste recycling rose slightly in 2018 to 3,516,000 pounds (1,758 tons). Also, customers in north Whatcom recycled 2,565,854 pounds of glass, mixed paper, cardboard, newspaper, plastic, scrap metal, tin cans and aluminum in 2018, just a little higher than the previous year. 

“Our average residential customer recycled 830 pounds last year and we recycled a total of 6,081,854 pounds,” Den Hartog said. “Our customers have been great recyclers, but we now need to be even more conscious of what we recycle so we can continue to keep these tons of material out of landfills.”

This is a breakdown of specific materials recycled: mixed paper, 721,070 pounds; glass, 636,460 pounds; cardboard, 437,189 pounds; newspaper, 246,313 pounds; plastic, 268,470 pounds; scrap metal, 131,340 pounds; tin cans, 88,079 pounds; and aluminum cans, 36,933 pounds.

“Ensuring everything that goes into the bin is recyclable is crucial for reducing contamination,” Den Hartog said. Recyclable items must also be empty, rinsed clean and separated.

To help its customers recycle, Nooksack Valley Disposal on its website ( gives recycling instructions and a full list of what is recyclable.

Nooksack Valley Disposal, founded by Dan and Steff Leidecker in 1971, serves over 8,000 customers in north Whatcom County, roughly from Interstate 5 east to the Mount Baker foothills. Customers in the cities of Lynden, Everson, Nooksack and Sumas may arrange for regular pickup of yard-waste containers and place food scraps and food-soiled papers in their yard-waste containers.

The material is taken to Green Earth Technologies of Lynden, which produces compost from the yard and food waste. Yard waste also may be taken to Nooksack Valley Disposal’s transfer station at 250 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. in Lynden.

For more information, call 360-354-3400 or visit