Disposal

Residents have several options to dispose of household garbage, hazardous waste and yard waste. Where you go will depend on what kind of waste you are trying to dispose of. If you have questions about your options, please contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist by email or call 503-846-3605. 

What kind of waste do I have?

Household garbage with wet waste
Typical household garbage is considered wet, or putrescible waste. It contains organic materials that can decompose and has the potential to attract birds, rodents and other disease vectors.  Examples of putrescible waste includes food and kitchen waste. This type of waste can be self-hauled to the Forest Grove Transfer Station, Metro South and Metro Central Transfer Stations.

Dry waste
Other kinds of waste typically made up of construction and demolition debris, appliances, furniture, toys, clothes and other mixed waste that does not contain putrescible materials is considered dry waste. Dry waste is  accepted at the Hillsboro Landfill from commercial and residential customers and at  Lakeside Reclamation Landfill by commercial customers only. Washington County provides regulatory oversight to these two privately owned and operated dry waste landfills. 

Effective July 1, 2009, the Lakeside Landfill was closed to accepting dry waste.

Household hazardous waste
Household Hazardous Waste includes paints, pesticides, disinfectants, solvents, medical waste such as sharps, batteries, aerosols, automotive products thermometers, hobby chemicals, and pool and spa chemicals. These can be disposed of at the Metro Central and Metro South Hazardous Waste Facilities and at the Metro Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

Where do I dispose of my waste?

Don't forget to cover and secure your waste to keep it from flying out of your vehicle on the way to a facility. Many facilities will charge you more if your load is not covered. Plus it is safer for other vehicles on the road. 

  • Forest Grove Transfer Station — 1525 B St,  Forest Grove  97116. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 503-992-1212 for information.
    • Accepts most types of wastes. 
    • No hazardous waste. 
  • Metro Central Transfer Station and Hazardous Waste Facility — 6161 NW 61st St, Portland  97210. Open all week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hazardous waste accepted Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Call 503-234-3000 for information.
    • Accepts most types of wastes, including hazardous waste. 
  • Metro South Transfer Station and Hazardous Waste Facility — 2001 Washington St., Oregon City  97045. Open all week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (March 1-September 30. Open all week, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (October 1-February 29). Hazardous waste accepted Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Call 503-234-3000 for information.
    • Accepts most types of wastes, including hazardous waste. 
  • Nature's Needs — 9570 NW 307th Avenue, North Plains  97113. Open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 503-647-9489 for information.
    • Accepts yard debris and vegetative waste. 
    • No household garbage. 
  • Tualatin Valley Waste Recovery Facility (co-located with the Hillsboro Landfill) — 3205 SE Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro  97213. Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Reduced hours on New Years Eve and Christmas Eve. Call 503-640-9427 for information.
    • Accepts dry waste materials only. 
    • No household garbage, kitchen waste or hazardous waste. 

Odor Monitoring Project 

On February 26, 2013 the Washington County Board of Commissioners authorized a third-party monitoring contract to gather data and report about the Nature's Needs composting facility sited in unincorporated Washington County.