Garbage and Recycling

Welcome to www.WashingtonCountyRecycles.org, the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program. The Solid Waste & Recycling Program provides regulatory oversight and education and outreach services related to the collection, storage and disposal of solid waste (garbage) and recycling in Washington County, Oregon. Program offices are located at 155 N First Ave, MS 5, Hillsboro, OR  97124. If you have questions about recycling, garbage disposal, garbage collection rates or code enforcement, please email or call 503-846-3605.

Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program overview

Collection of garbage and recycling

All garbage and recycling collection service is provided by private collection companies (haulers). The County provides regulatory oversight of 11 haulers in unincorporated Washington County that have current service certificates — granted by the Board of County Commissioners — to collect garbage and recycling from residents and businesses based on exclusive service areas.

Rates

The County, working in partnership with the haulers, establishes the rates haulers charged for garbage and recycling collection service in unincorporated Washington County.

Disposal sites

Disposal facilities in Washington County are also owned and operated by private companies. The County has franchise agreements with the following three disposal sites in unincorporated Washington County:

Education and outreach

The Solid Waste & Recycling Program also provides recycling education and outreach to residents and businesses in all the cities within the county, except the City of Beaverton, which operate its own program. The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's technical support and education are provided under agreements with Metro, the regional planning agency for solid waste management, and the ten cities that are participating local governments.

Partner jurisdictions and agencies

The Solid Waste & Recycling Program works in partnership with regional and neighboring public agencies and a technical volunteer organization.

Code enforcement

The Solid Waste & Recycling Program provides regulatory oversight related to the collection, storage and disposal of garbage and recycling in unincorporated Washington County. Code enforcement officers investigate potential violations of County codes in the unincorporated areas that address:

  • Garbage and recycling collection
  • Illegal dumping
  • Landfills and compost facilities
  • Noise
  • Nuisances: accumulation of garbage, pest infestations and overgrowth
  • Odor
  • Theft of garbage and recycling service