Garbage and Recycling

Solid Waste & Recycling is a division of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. We provide information and resources to help residents, property managers and businesses in Washington County, Oregon sustainably manage materials by preventing waste, recycling and disposing of garbage properly. Solid Waste & Recycling also regulates how garbage and recycling is collected, stored and disposed of and provides code enforcement services for nuisance and noise violations in unincorporated Washington County. 

Waste prevention and recycling specialists or code enforcement officers are ready to answer your questions by email or by calling 503-846-3605. Learn more about our services. 

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Important plastics recycling notice

Far West Recycling is no longer accepting mixed plastic and plastic film including clamshells, plastic lids and plastic bags at their public depots, due to changing market conditions.  

If you have collected plastic bags, film or other rigid plastics for recycling, you can: 

  • Take plastic grocery bags and other plastic film (like clean shrink wrap) to many grocery stores – use the What to Recycle and Where tool to find the location nearest you

  • Dispose of clamshells, plastic lids and other rigid plastics in the garbage, or use the What to Recycle and Where tool to find an alternative drop-off location near you 
We encourage everyone to try reducing or avoiding excessive packaging and other disposable materials when you are deciding which products to buy.  

There will be no changes to the mixed recycling collected at the curb. Please do not place plastic film or rigid plastics in your mixed recycling cart.