Inclement Weather Service Interruptions
When there are hazardous driving conditions, such as when winter weather closes schools, your garbage, recycling and yard debris collection service may be canceled. If your materials weren't picked up on the regular collection day, they will be picked up the next day. If conditions remain hazardous and schools are closed for more than one day, the extra materials will be picked up on your next scheduled collection week with no extra charges. See page 10 of the Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Administrative Rules for more details. Contact your hauler for questions about collection schedules during inclement weather. Email Solid Waste &Recycling Program staff for more information or call 503-846-3605.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How will I know when service is interrupted?
You can receive service interruption alerts by subscribing through the Garbage and Recycling Day tool, which will send you an email or text notification if service is going to be interrupted due to weather. If you download the mobile app, the service alert will appear on your phone.
Q: What should I do with the extra garbage or recycling?
Extra garbage — If your garbage pick-up was missed due to inclement weather, place garbage that does not fit in your roll cart, in a bag at the curb —up to twice the amount of your service — for the next scheduled pick-up. There will be no additional charge for the extra material.
Extra recycling — If your recycling was missed due to inclement weather, store extra recyclable materials in an enclosed space. Gradually add them each time you put your roll cart out or glass bin. This keeps paper items dry and makes them more valuable as a recycling commodity. If you can't store them, prepare your recycling as you would for regular collection. Extra recyclable materials can be set beside the roll cart in another container as long as it is properly prepared and set out by the scheduled pick-up day.
Q: Will I be charged for these extra bags I place at the curb?
No, your bill will not reflect any extra charges, if the material is to the same amount or less than what you would put out for two regular pick-ups.
Q: Will I receive a credit for the day(s) my collection service was missed?
No, because your garbage and recycling will still be collected, just at a later time, no credit will be issued by your hauler.
Q: Should I worry about storing my garbage for more than the typical week?
Storing garbage during a cold weather or snow event does not usually create a nuisance because materials are kept cold — whether stored in the garage or outside.
Q: What if my yard debris freezes in my roll cart
In very cold weather conditions wet yard debris commonly freezes in the cart. Your hauler is responsible for material that falls freely from the cart. Putting yard debris in paper yard debris bags can help, especially if it is not too wet before putting it in.