The nine-member Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on solid waste and recycling policy and program issues. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners - six members represent the public and three members represent the solid waste industry. A representative of the County Health and Human Services Department serves as a non-voting Committee member. The Committee typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM at the County’s Public Services Building in Hillsboro. Meeting agendas are posted to the web page listed below. The public is welcome to attend meetings.
For meeting materials and other information go to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee webpage.
The Vision Action Network (VAN) is a private non-profit organization committed to the promotion and support of collaborative community-based problem solving. They believe strongly that more work can be accomplished successfully by working together than working alone. By bringing together a broad array of community partners to tackle ongoing and emergent issues – such as health care access, affordable housing, economic security, diversity, education and sustainability – They intend to make fundamental changes in the civic structure and health of our community, and move toward a more vital and sustainable community for all Washington County residents.
Passionate about conservation? The Master Recycler Program is a popular eight-week course focusing on instruction in area such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and coworkers.