What to do with Storm or Flood Debris
Severe weather may generate extra debris and may impact or delay curbside garbage and recycling collection service, depending on the nature of the storm. There are options for disposing of materials including curbside collection and taking them to drop-off facilities. Instructions will be shared through local media broadcasts and online. For more information, visit the home page or call 503-846-3605.
Washington County garbage and recycling collectors will resume collection routes as soon as it is safe for their employees and equipment to operate. Once collection service resumes, residents with regularly scheduled collection service may set out materials. Please use the curbside collection system whenever possible.
- Include grass clippings, leaves, plants, weeds and pruned branches —less than 4 inches in diameter and less than 36 inches long.
- Place materials at the curb in your yard debris roll cart, 30-gallon yard debris bags or bundled by twine and tied. Additional fees may apply for extra bags or bundles.
- Stockpile excess debris in your yard or garage and set it out on upcoming collection days.
- Dirt, sod, stumps, metal, rocks, ashes, or treated wood or lumber is not considered yard debris and must be disposed of at a drop-off facility.
- Place materials at the curb in your garbage roll cart or in additional bags next to the roll cart. Additional fees may apply for extra bags.
- Dispose of bulky and hazardous items at a drop-off facility or arrange for pick-up by your hauler when available.
Do not exceed the following weight for containers
- 145 pounds for 90 to 96-gallon container
- 100 pounds for 60 to 65-gallon container
- 75 pounds for 32 to 35-gallon container
- 60 pounds for 21 to 32-gallon container
- 45 pounds for bags or bundles
Your hauler can also provide a drop box, for a fee, to help remove large amounts of debris. If the box is used to dispose of yard debris only, then the material can be taken to a compost facility rather than to a landfill. Contact your hauler for more information on services and rates.
Yard debris may be collected at temporary locations once it is safe for the public to travel. Check local media for more information or the Solid Waste &Recycling Program website.
Residents without yard debris collection service can take debris to a drop-off yard debris recycling center. Dirt, sod, stumps, metal, rocks, ashes or treated wood or lumber are not accepted at yard debris centers. Visit www.OregonMetro.gov/FindARecycler, call 503-234-3000 or contact a drop-off yard debris recycling center listed below to determine which materials are accepted, hours of operation, disposal fees and directions:
503-625-0725Tualatin Valley Waste Recovery Facility (co-located with the Hillsboro Landfill)
Garbage and hazardous waste disposal facilities
Residents can self-haul and drop off damaged home furnishings, roofing shingles, treated wood, fencing with hardware, siding or other damaged household items to a drop-off facility:
Unsure of what is considered hazardous? Look for labels that say warning, caution, poison or flammable.