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Lautenbach Recycling Ferndale operations. Photo courtesy of Lautenbach Recycling

Skagit recycling business opens new operation in Ferndale to handle county’s recycling

Last Updated on March 22, 2021 at 10:06am

FERNDALE, Wash. — Lautenbach Recycling of Skagit County has opened a new operation in Ferndale and has begun handling Whatcom County’s recycling in a big way.

The new location is based out of a rented warehouse on the Parberry Environmental Solutions property at 1526 Slater Road.

Company President Troy Lautenbach said they have begun a partnership with Sanitary Service Company (SSC) to manage what SSC picks up with their county-wide residential curbside recycling pickup service. “We are appreciative of this opportunity presented by SSC and of Parberry’s ability to provide a space to work out of.”


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The opportunity came out of NW Recycling of Bellingham ceasing operations processing some materials on February 1st leaving Whatcom County without a local recyclable materials processor.

Lautenbach said their expertise is focused specifically on recycling and they are excited to be serving the county through this opportunity presented by SSC. He noted SSC customers can expect no change in their service as a result.

Somewhere in the future, Lautenbach says they hope to be able to accept drop-off recyclables at their new location.

They will be employing up to 6 people at the new location and have been hiring.

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Lautenbach says the company celebrated 30 years in business last year. The company’s beginnings were in Whatcom County before locating to Skagit County.

This story was updated 5pm, February 24th, to correct that NW Recycling had not ceased operations but rather had ceased processing some materials. Company officials say they remain open for cardboard recycling and scrap metal recycling. My Ferndale News regrets the error.

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