Garbage and Recycling Collection Companies
The Solid Waste and Recycling Program provides regulatory oversight related to the collection of garbage and recycling in unincorporated Washington County.
The County provides oversight of the 12 private companies 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. The County establishes the rates that the 12 collection companies charge for service and establishes standards for the collection companies related to levels of service, reporting and customer communications.
To find the collection company that provides collection service in your area, click to find your hauler.
Collection companies bill homeowners, landlords, and businesses directly.
Types of Service
The collection companies provide garbage and recycling collection service to residential (single-family and multi-family) and commercial customers. Yard debris collection is a part of single-family residential collection service. The collection companies also provide drop-box collection related to construction, demolition and/or clean-out projects.
To arrange medical waste collection service, contact your garbage/recycling collection company directly. Medical waste includes materials such as needles, syringes and lancets.
Annual Washington County Rate Review Procedures and Policies Manual (pdf)
For other rate review documents, please submit an e-mail request to our department.
Resources for Residents within City Limits
Each city government regulates garbage and recycling collection services within its specific city limits. This includes the setting of rates and the establishment of rules under which the collection companies operate. If you live a city, please contact your city office or your collection company directly for more information about collection services.